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GHT Manaslu & Annapurna tour
Kathmandu Pokhara GHT Manaslu & Annapurna Trip
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GHT Manaslu & Annapurna

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
26 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cross two of Nepal's most exciting passes; Larkya and Thorong La
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges
  • Come face to face with ancient Buddhist villages near the Tibetan border
  • Trek in the inspiring company of our most experienced leaders and sirdars
  • Soak in the views on the mountain flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu
  • Explore Kathmandu's spiritual sites at Pashupatinath and Boudhanath

Short Description

The combination of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits make this section of the Great Himalaya Trail a must do for first time trekkers to Nepal and Himalayan enthusiasts alike

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kathmandu
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Trekking & Expeditions

Destinations

Nepal

Cities & Attractions

Kathmandu Pokhara Tibet

Activities

Trekking

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Trip Includes

  • 25 breakfasts, 22 lunches and 22 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$1100
  • airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 26 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • flight Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu valued at US$221
  • expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
  • sightseeing and site entry fees in Kathmandu
  • accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Evening drinks are held in the hotel for all World Expeditions clients arriving today. Drinks and snacks will generally be served from 6:30 pm until 7:15pm, and this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members before heading out to dinner.

meals : Array

Day 2 In Kathmandu (1330m)

This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Swayambhunath, Durbar Square, Patan or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world.

meals : B

Day 3 Drive to Arughat Bazaar (500m), approx. 7 hrs.

We travel west from Kathmandu towards Pokhara, following the winding road over the valley rim and down alongside the Trisuli River. This is a busy road and there is much to see. We are also reminded of our journey's aim; to trek among the mighty Himalaya, with the Annapurna, Ganesh and of course Manaslu ranges intermittently in view. We turn off the main road shortly after Mugling and follow the Dorandi Khola northwards to Arughat Bazaar, and our first night's camp.

meals : B,L,D

Day 4 Trek to Soti Khola (730m), walk approx. 5hrs.

An easy walk today along the banks of the Buri Gandakhi River. We enjoy clear views of the Ganesh and Shringi Himal as we pass through numerous Gurung villages. Our campsite for the night is 30 minutes beyond the village in a picturesque setting overlooking waterfalls.

meals : B,L,D

Day 5 To Machha Khola (930m), walk approx. 5 hrs.

Today's walk follows a trail of constant ups and downs through forest as we continue to head upstream along the Buri Gandakhi. We descend to the wide, sandy riverbed for lunch then continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. The forest then gives way to farmland as the valley again opens up and we stop to make our camp.

meals : B,L,D

Day 6 To Jagat (1340m), walk approx. 5.5hrs.

The Buri Gandakhi gorge is narrow with sheer cliffs on either side and the morning's trail begins by following a cliff path along the east bank before passing hot springs at Tatopani and then crossing the Dodan Khola. As we begin to climb, the Buri Gandakhi valley undergoes dramatic change, widening considerably and with white sandy beaches at the riverside. The trail then heads up a steep ridge before a long descent to the river. We enjoy a spectacular campsite tonight just before the village of Jagat.

meals : B,L,D

Day 7 To Philim (1570m), walk approx. 4hrs.

A day of relatively easy ups and downs as we follow the river upstream. We cross a number of tributaries before arriving at our camp beside the river at Philim.

meals : B,L,D

Day 8 To Deng (1860m), walk approx. 5hrs.

Continuing on, we occasionally have to trek high above the river to skirt around narrow gorges that prohibit a path. The trail takes us through pine forest scattered with rhododendron. We make our way to the lower trail which again follows the Buri Gandakhi below the Gurung village of Ngak and camp an hour's walk past Deng.

meals : B,L,D

Day 9 To Namrung (2630m), walk approx. 5hrs.

We climb initially and then descend to cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank. There are more riverside undulations and mani walls and chortens may be seen, signs of the distinctly Tibetan territory into which we are entering. The valley trail keeps to the northern bank below the village of Bih. Bih is known for its family of master stone carvers and along the trail today we see flat stones carved with intricate figures and stupas. Just past Bih we catch glimpses of the Shringi Himal and continue along the northern bank of the Buri Gandakhi until we reach the dominantly Tibetan village of Ghap for lunch. We then continue up through the forest densely vegetated with pine and birch to our jungle camp amongst the trees just before Namrung.

meals : B,L,D

Day 10 To Sama (3520m), walk approx. 6hrs.

We descend to cross the Damonan Khola then ascend again along a narrow path through the forest to Namrung with its check post then continue through the forest path past small Tibetan villages towards Ligaon. It is likely that we will encounter our first yak today and there is also a troop of monkeys who often come down to the river here to drink. We have uninterrupted views behind us of Ganesh III and IV and Baudha Peak and to our right the Kutang Himal stands high as the natural border between Nepal and Tibet. Before us our first real mountain panorama opens up with the peaks of Himalchuli (7893m), Peak 29 (7871m) and finally Manaslu (8163m).

meals : B,L,D

Day 11 To Samdo (3875m), walk approx. 3hrs & rest day

The trail takes us into wilder territory as we skirt around some glacial moraine then descend to the riverbed. Excellent views of the peak of Manaslu today. We soon reach the Tibetan Refugee village of Samdo, a wild place with a substantial village of some 200 permanent residents.

meals : B,L,D

Day 13 To Larkye Base Camp (4460m), walk approx. 3hrs.

After a couple of stream crossings, the Larkye Glacier appears on the opposite bank. We steadily climb, skirting around the Sarka Khola to camp at a small brick hut at the base of the Larkye La (pass).

meals : B,L,D

Day 14 Cross Larkye La (5140m) to Bimtang (3590m) 8-10hrs.

Soon after setting off today the unique shape of Larkye Peak becomes visible. The trail upwards is very gradual but at this altitude we take our time. It takes us approximately 5 hours to reach the pass, with the last section becoming quite steep but it is well worth the effort. The mountain vista to the west is incredible - Himlung Himal (7126m), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). The descent from the pass is very steep across ice and scree as we follow the glacier. Progress is slow and careful but eventually we enter the valley of the Burdin Khola and continue to Bimtang and our camp for the night.

meals : B,L,D

Day 15 To Dharapani (1865m), walk approx. 7hrs.

The trail now basically follows the Marsyangdi downstream, before entering a pristine forest of pine and rhododendron which during the spring months puts on a brilliant display of color. This is another day to ensure you have plenty of film in your day packs as the views of the Himlung and Manaslu Himal are again spectacular.

meals : B,L,D

Day 16 To Chame (2675m), walk approx. 5hrs.

We have now crossed from the Manaslu region into the Annapurna region. The trail we follow today climbs over steep forest ridges and crosses the river before reaching Chame, the administrative headquarters of the Manang District. We pass many mani walls with Mayu Prayer wheels - typical of villages in this region. The trail continues through the forest and after rounding a bend, we will view Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more than 1500m from the river. We also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. After crossing a suspension bridge we climb over a ridge and descend to the valley floor.

meals : B,L,D

Day 17 To Pisang (2675m/4hrs)& Manang (3540m/5hrs).

Trekking along the traditional Annapurna Circuit we make our way to Pisang, a cluster of houses with the main village about 150m uphill. Day 18 sees us gradually ascend about 200m towards Manang's airstrip at Hongde. Our campsite is about 40 min walk from here. This is one of the most beautiful camping sites of the trip facing towards Annapurna 4 and 3.

meals : B,L,D

Day 19 To Yak Kharka (4050m), walk approx. 4hrs.

A superb day! After breakfast, we head off winding around contours gaining ever more impressive views of Annapurna 3 and Gangapurna before we reach the Josang Valley and the camp site at Yak Kharka.

meals : B,L,D

Day 20 To Thorong Pedi (4450m), walk approx. 4hrs.

A short but strenuous day as we continue up the valley and cross the Jorsang Khola on a small cantilevered bridge before edging our way around loose scree slopes to finally reach a couple of ramshackle tea-shops at the foot of the awesome Thorong La. An early night is advised as we have a big day tomorrow.

meals : B,L,D

Day 21 Cross Thorong La (5380m)to Muktinath, walk approx. 9hrs.

A long, arduous day rewarded with unsurpassed views. We set out from Phedi before daybreak in order to reach the top of the pass before late morning and avoid the notorious Thorong winds. The first section up the pass is steep and it's slow going. The trail winds around seemingly endless switchbacks with each "false top" leading on to another ridge. Finally we see the massive prayer-flag-covered cairn which marks the top. From here the views back over the entire Annapurna Range and across to Mustang and western Tibet are unbelievable. The cold up here soon has us heading down to Muktinath. It is a very weary group of trekkers who hit the sack that night. A day of Himalayan highs in every sense of the word!

meals : B,L,D

Day 22 To Kagbeni (2810m), walk approx. 4hrs & rest day.

Entering the main Kali Gandaki valley we take a short cut that avoids the road to Kagbeni. Kagbeni once marked the Nepal / Tibet border and it is the official entry to the Mustang region. Within the village is the old Gompa, and at the northern edge of the village lies the remains of the old fort. We will take a rest day here, and then proceed to Jomsom before splitting from those on the GHT Full Traverse who will proceed into the Dolpo region.

meals : B,L,D

Day 24 To Jomsom (2760m), walk approx. 5 hrs.

A long ridge descent leads gradually down to the Kali Gandaki River and the village of Jomsom. On arrival we will stay in a comfortable lodge close to the airport.

meals : B,L,D

Day 25 Flight Jomsom to Pokhara & Kathmandu(1330m).

We board the early morning flight to Pokhara savouring magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On arrival at Pokhara airport we will have transport on standby to take you into the town. Here you can wander the markets and the lakeside for a couple of hours before returning to the airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to the hotel.

meals : B

Day 26 Trip concludes Kathmandu.

After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures.

meals : B

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I had a most wonderful and life changing trek in the Himalayan Mountains in May and June this year

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The Annapurna section was beautiful, with extraordinary views and a lot of lush green areas which contrasted well with the sensational mountain passes. The Upper Dolpo section was more remote, more barren and had many more high mountain passes. It was absolutely spectacular. World Expeditions provided (as always in my experience) expert guides and when I developed a serious problem with my foot a pony was miraculously found for me.....it was so exciting riding a pony up and down mountain passes. I felt like I was in the movie "The Man From Snowy River". I had set myself a challenge to walk part of the GHT, and while I did not complete all of it due to injury, I have come home with a fresh perspective on life and living, and yes, I have found the meaning of my life.
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The most memorable part was standing on top of Thorong La after 2 hours trekking from high base camp & then making the descent to Muktinath in 3 hours

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Way better than I thought I'd do as a flatlander from Indiana!

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We loved the more historical Chinese hotels vs staying in cookie cutter fancier places. The rooms were always spacious and the halls and reception had beautiful marble floors and walls. Richard, our guide was excellent and we all trotted after him as fast as we could, often walking 10km a day, no problem for us, and he selected great dishes for group meals. 1st October is the main Chinese Holiday and most Chinese have the rest of the week off as well so it was exceptional crowed in Beijing, the warriors (I was afraid I might be crushed to death) and the pandas. However the Chinese cue up in an orderly fashion to enter attractions.
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The itinerary was a good pace and the difficulty rating was spot on. The scenery was phenomenal and I really enjoyed doing the hike with a group. Couldn’t fault the trip.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Accomodations

  • 3 nights hotel
  • 22 nights camping

Additional Information:

  • 26 day trip
  • 22 day trek
  • 3 nights hotel
  • 22 nights camping

Physical Requirements

These adventures involve trekking, cycling or rafting in remote areas in variable weather conditions for up to 8 to 10 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). This may include spending successive days at altitudes not generally exceeding 6000m. These trips may often be over three weeks in duration. You will need an excellent level of fitness, be prepared to carry a daypack weighing up to 8kgs (and in some cases a full pack) and be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions. * Suggested preparation: One hour of aerobic type exercise, four to five times a week for three to six months prior to departure. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions or on/off road cycling is also recommended.

Rules & Other Requirements

Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

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  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
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