Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna TrekkingManaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking

Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking - 25 Days

Highlights
  • Enjoy the great, unique combination of Manaslu Valley and Annapurna circuit.
  • Adventure of great cultural interest along with spectacular views of snow peaks.
  • Trek amidst beautiful surroundings of Manaslu scenic valley with glorious scenery.
  • Following the Buddhi-Gandaki and Kaligandaki Rivers right to its glacial sources.
  • An epic adventure around Gorkha, Manang, Mustang and Kaligandaki valley.

‘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.

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Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, after clearing the immigration and collecting the baggage. As you head outside the air terminal, our staff and guide receives you for a short transfer to your hotels. Situated in the heart of Kathmandu city with nice surroundings.

On checking the hotel rooms having rest and then join with other members of Manaslu Circuit & Around Annapurna Treks briefing. The briefing includes all necessary and important details to help you understand the nature of walks, landscapes, climate and local cultures.

Evening a group welcome dinner provided by company in a nice Nepali authentic restaurants. As an introduction to Nepal foods and taste, after an enjoyable dinner back to the hotels.

    A free day in Kathmandu for trek preparation, if you have missed any items for the trek. Can buy or rent at reasonable price around the trekking shops and stores.

    People who are interested for short tour of Kathmandu, can inform ahead to the company and your guide. Kathmandu is steeped with ancient historical and religious monuments, listed in World Heritage Sites.

    Rest of the day busy packing for the next early departure for the trek. Unnecessary things or items not required for the trek can leave at the hotel for storage, as well valuables can keep in hotel safe deposit.

      An early morning start for the long drive of more than six hours’ to reach Machha-Khola. A distance of 156 km / 97 miles, after breakfast getting aboard on a vehicle as per size of the group. The drive on the main highway towards Malekhu town by the Trisuli River, the road follows across the river.

      The heading towards Dhading district on winding up and down then slowly the drive heads downhill to Arughat town. Situated by the Budhi-Gandaki River within the district of Gorkha, from here on dirt country road to Machha-Khola.

      Ending the drive, and then getting ready for a short hike of few hours on easy gradual path to Khola Besi; for overnight halt. Check into a simple nice lodge after a tiring drive, but feeling good on reaching the first overnight stop of the trek.

        Our first day walk starts having good breakfast and then on road following a narrow river gorge. The walk leads on up and down path and then climb to descend towards Tatopani. A place with natural hot spring, the name Tatopani in Nepali is for Hot Water related to the hot spring. From here, the trail leads up to cross a bridge and then climb to Dovan.

        Possible lunch stop at Dovan, afternoon walk follows to cross another suspension bridge above Yaru Khola / stream. As climb starts on nice paved stone staircase to reach down by the river, the climb continues to Tharo Bhanjyang.

        The climb leads over a ridge of Tharo Bhanjyang, with some gradual sections to enjoy the walk. Then head for the last climb to Jagat village for overnight stop, this is one the lovely and nice village. Jagat is also the main entry point towards Restricted Area of Upper Manaslu.

          From Jagat village, after a pleasant overnight stop, todays walk leads towards varied routes and landscapes. Entering forested path, crossing streams past rural farm villages, then climb leads on top of a rocky ridge at Salleri. The walk follows downhill to Sirdibas, slowly the valley widens reaching Ghatta Khola River, following upstream.

          Crossing a long bridge towards Philim, a large Gurung village, from here the trail heads north on a gradual path. After hours of good walk reaching Ekle Bhatti, and then the trail enters a gorge towards a grassy slope.

          From here cross Budhi Gandaki River heading east, the gorge widens to a valley amidst bamboo forest reaching Deng Khola / stream. On crossing the river reaching Deng for overnight stop.

            Enjoying good breakfast, to reach our next adventure heads towards high and scenic valley of Manaslu. From Dyang walk leads to impressive culturally significant; sections of the trek. The trail follows to cross Budhi Gandaki River with climb to a bridge to join a route coming from Bhi. The route heads west up the valley through lush forested areas and some quaint villages, facing views of major peaks.

            Although there is another route, but taking the trail through Prok a small mountain village and a vantage view point. Enjoy views of Siringi Himal, as walk continues to cross Budi Gandaki several times and coming across several Gompa.

            The walk continues following a river upstream through dense forest towards a narrow gorge. The tree lines and vegetation becomes thinner, the rewarding part of the walk, is a marvelous ways to experience MCA (Manaslu Conservation Area).

            Eventually the walk ends after a last steep climb to reach Namrung, a lovely village with good lodges. Check into a nice rooms and refresh yourself with surrounding beautiful views of snow-capped peaks.

              Having a hearty breakfast, enjoy a short walk to a view-point for wonderful views of Siringi Himal and Ganesh Himal. Includes Mt. Himal Chuli towards south, the morning walk leads to steady climb through forests to Lihi. A nice village with Buddhist monuments and barley terraces, as the trail drops to cross side of a valley. Enjoy the views of Ganesh Himal, the trail leads to Sho village and then reaching Lo-Gaon for overnight stop.

              Lo-Gaon a lovely village having a monastery / Ribung Gompa and nice lodges with grand views of majestic Manaslu Himal. Today a short walk of less than 5 hours almost for lunch and overnight stop.

                After Lo Gaon tree lines fades only for few short juniper bushes and some willow trees, walk leads on nice path with views of peaks and finally the day ends at Sama Gaon for overnight stop, this is a large mountain village located on route Manaslu base camp, Larke-la pass and to Tibet border.

                  Rest Day in Sama Gaon, which is an ideal place for necessary acclimatization before the climb and to reach high Manaslu base camp, at Sama Gaon explore this interesting village similar to Tibetan culture and traditional way of life.

                  The other scenic places to visit is Birendra Tal, a glacial lake en route to Manaslu Base Camp. Energetic person can hike up to a small hill near Sama-Gaon, where an old Pungyen Gompa / monastery located. 

                    After a pleasant day at Sama Gaon, trek climbs slowly towards Samdo and beyond, actually walk to Samdo is not too far can be done within few hours but due to high altitude within dry air makes the walk slower.

                    Our route slowly leads at Samdo village which is the last village before crossing over Larke-la pass. At Samdo staying overnight an interesting village of strong Tibetan influence due to its close border to Tibet, where trade still exists in smaller number.

                      From Samdo walk leads to more barren areas, adventure begins crossing Gya La Khola, then ascending to the ridge where there is a ruins of a village known as Larke Bazaar. Presumably this village once thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade which at present has diminished.

                      Walk nears Larke Glacier then finally reaching Dharmasala, a place with few simple lodge a perfect spot before the climb up to Larke- La. At Dharmasala for lunch and overnight stop. Having time to relax after a refreshing lunch, marvel the beautiful surrounding scenery of snow peaks.

                        Walk from Larke Phedi to the top of Larke-la Pass at 5,106 m starting with gradual winding uphill, to reach our highest point of the adventure.

                        Morning climb leads past the valley on north side of Larke Glacier with magnificent views of Cho Danda and then of Larke Peak. Finally, walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper in the last section to the top of the pass.

                        From the pass, outstanding views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II can be seen. After a wonderful moment on the highest spot, a long descend follows over snow and scree, to reach the valley trail to Larcia.

                        A further hour on a moraine ridge path leads to Tambuche at 3,900 m and with short distance walk to overnight stop at Bhimthang, a lovely place on a broad and level valley with number of Mani walls and lodge to stay.

                          After a long day walk to Bhimthang previous day, today an easy trek from here onward to Dharapani past thick forested area of pines, rhododendron trees with view of snow peaks.

                          From Bhimthang descend to a valley of Burden Khola which is the base of west side of Manaslu, from a ridge with excellent view of Manaslu towards south east with Annapurna II in the south west.

                          Our route leads over Dudh Khola, where descend follows a trail into a narrow valley within forest to reach our overnight stop amidst forest surrounding in perfect tranquility after 5 hours of good walk.

                            From here walk downhill into forest past small summer settlement and then climb on a terraced fields to Karche La, and then down to Masrsyangdi River.

                            After few hours walk reaching Tilje village on following Dudh (milky) river downstream, passing number of villages.

                            From Tilje an hour climb after crossing a bridge and then joining the main trail of Annapurna circuit in Dharapani village.

                            Dharapani a lovely large village from here walk for another few hours past Bagarchap and Danaque nice villages with apple orchard. A steep climb of less than an hour with gradual winding up to Timang for overnight halt.

                            A lovely large village overlooking views of Manaslu and Lamjung Himal towards south.

                              From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame, a large major town of Manang area and a head quarter town of the district.

                              From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

                                Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk leads through forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.

                                Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.

                                  A necessary rest day for acclimatization before the climb on top Thorang-la pass. On rest day explore Manang village, a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Masrsyangdi River. Beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake. 

                                    After a good rest and overnight at Manang village walk further North-West towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.  

                                      Morning walk lead higher heading towards the base of Thorang-la, after the bridge climb leads along the river bank. Then reaching at Thorang Phedi, after a refreshing stop, an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop. 

                                        Another Big Day of the adventure! After an early breakfast walk on short gradual path, then climb on undulating winding ups to reach on top Thorang-la at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area.

                                        On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, this is a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

                                          From Muktinath holy site with grand views of Dhaulagiri Himal range, from Muktinath taking a drive to lower warm areas. The motor road has reached all around Mustang, the walks on motorable road is quite disturbing. Drive will be best options, saving few days of trekking which makes the itinerary slight shorter.

                                          The drive on jeep or similar four-wheel heads down towards wide Kaligandaki River within windswept plains reaching Jomsom. The headquarter town of Mustang area, an interesting town mostly populated by Thakali, the main tribes of Lower Mustang. The overland journey continues down past charming villages of Marpha and Tukuche famous for delicious apples and products.

                                          The drive then enters towards forested areas at Kalapani and Lete, facing great views of Dhaulagiri and its Ice-Fall. Includes superb views of Annapurna-I, Annapurna Fang / Vara Shikar and Nilgiris peaks. Then the road leads through world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River, then reaching low warm areas at Tatopani village. The word Tatopani for hot-water, related to the natural hot-spring near from the village. Where you can enjoy the warm dip and a bath in pools, a refreshing place for overnight stop.

                                            Start early morning for a long hike uphill to Ghorepani, after a temporary break from trekking. The walk follows the Kaligandaki and then leaving river behind for steep climb for an hour. Reaching lovely villages of Ghara, Sikha and Chitre and then through lovely cool forest of rhododendron and pines.

                                            Then ending day with last steep up to Ghorepani, a nice village atop, in the midst of beautiful rhododendron woods. Ghorepani with many good lodges for overnight halt with great food menu to enjoy the last dinner in a mountain village.

                                              Last day walk of the adventure completes with spectacular sunrise from the top of Poon Hill. Morning from Ghorepani an hour climb to Poon Hill to enjoy stunning sunrise over world’s three highest mountain range. Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Annapurna with an array of peaks. After a glorious morning back to Ghorepani for breakfast, and continue final day trek on easy trail to Ulleri village.

                                              From Ulleri taking an interesting drive down to low warm farm areas of paddy fields through nice village of Bhirethati. As the drive joins the main highway to Pokhara, after hours of good ride reach beautiful Pokhara for last overnight.

                                              In the comfort of lovely hotels, located near the Phewa Lakeside.
                                               

                                                Morning transfer either car-coach or tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for drive back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu.

                                                On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

                                                  Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience and adventure on Manaslu Circuit & Around Annapurna trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

                                                    Route Map

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                                                    What's Included
                                                    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                                                    • Three nights standard Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B
                                                    • Transpiration from KTM to KTM 
                                                    • Local bus or local jeep from muktinath to Tatopani 
                                                    • Note: if there is more then 3 people in the group then will provide private transport.  
                                                    • Government license holder guide 
                                                    • Helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
                                                    • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
                                                    • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                                                    • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek
                                                    • TIMS Trekking information manage System   
                                                    • Manaslu Specail permit 
                                                    • Annapurna Conservation permit ACP
                                                    • Manaslu Conservation Permits 
                                                    • Government taxes and official expenses
                                                    What's not Included
                                                    • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                                                    • flight from pokhara to Kathmandu 
                                                    • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                                    • Tips for porters ($70-100) and guides ($80-100)
                                                    • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                                    • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check worldnomads.com
                                                    • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                                                    • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                                                    • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression) 

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                                                    Useful Information

                                                    Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                                    Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                                                    Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                                                    Guide and Porters for 25 Days Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking: 

                                                    On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                                                    All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                                                    Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                                                    Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                                                    Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

                                                    Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                                    High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

                                                    Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

                                                    To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

                                                    The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

                                                    On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

                                                    Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

                                                    In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

                                                    What to Bring during 25 Days Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking?

                                                    **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                                                    Clothing and footwear

                                                    • Trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                                                    • Sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                                                    • flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                                                    • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                                                    • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                                                    • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                                                    • Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                                                    • Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                                                    • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                                                    • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.

                                                    Equipment for Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking

                                                     *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                                                     *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                                                    *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in       Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                                                    *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                                                     *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                                                    *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                                                    * A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                                    Personal usage

                                                    > Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                                                    > Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                                                    > Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate,

                                                    Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna Trekking - 25 Days FAQs

                                                    • Tsum Valley and Upper Manaslu, remains a Restricted Areas of Nepal, due to its raw and pristine environment. As well to preserve its fragile natural surroundings, and limiting the mass flow of trekkers.

                                                      The other reason is the areas of northern Tsum Valley and Upper Manaslu falls close on route to the border of Nepal and Tibet / China.

                                                    • The main religion of Manaslu and Manang areas is Tibetan Buddhism, called Mahayana the Greater Wheels. Tibetan Buddhism is practiced all around the Himalayas, as well around Mustang district adored with prayer walls and monasteries.

                                                    • In the beginning of the trek from Machha-Khola to Dyang and Lo-Gaon, the trails are well maintained. Having narrow path on some sections of the walk, with steep ups and downs. From the bottom of Larke-La Pass some of the section are broken due to movement of glaciers and snow-fall. But quite an exciting adventure walking on the tough areas. As well crossing over the two passes of Larke and Thorang-La.

                                                      But on Manaslu Circuit and Around Annapurna, the trail is well maintained and good except for the rise in altitude. In snow condition climb to Larke-La and Thorang-La Pass will be quite difficult to find the right path, and downhill is equally tough. So far the trail has been used by many flow of trekkers, which is a great walk on the right seasons of the year.

                                                    • In the beginning from past decades the accommodation and foods was very basic and simple. But due to flow of trekkers increased, at present there are many nice good lodge accommodation and variation of food menu. The rooms are simple and clean with large dining hall, the food is served in a lively homely environment.

                                                      Attached toilets and bath are few, due to its location and cold weather wise, where plumbing systems gets frozen. Especially around the higher areas, the only basic and very simple accommodation is at Dharmasala before crossing Larke-La and at High Camp of Thorang-La.

                                                      The food are served according to the menu options of La-Carte or set meals, for larger group from minimum 4 person onwards. It is better to have set meals like Nepali famous Dhal-Bhat, served with mild vegetable curry and pickles of choice.

                                                      Ordering Set Menu saves time and fuel energy, it will be a perfect ways to follow the rules of Responsible Tourism or Eco-Trekking.

                                                    • Nearly all villages and lodge have the facilities of electricity run by local Hydro or Solar Power. Where trekkers can charge their electronic gadgets and items, but needs to pay as per hour per items.

                                                      Please coordinate with the guide or landlord regarding the price for charging. As well for using hot-showers or bucket of Hot-Water on every overnight lodges. Internet and Wi-Fi, as well telephone communications are available, but in some areas it is quite disturbing due to weather and landscapes wise.

                                                      Like in deep gorge and valleys the communication either for phone or internet have slow and poor connection. Better to buy local SIM and DATA for your cell-phone in Kathmandu, which will be much better to use while trekking around Nepal Himalayas.

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