GHT Manaslu & Annapurna

GHT Manaslu & Annapurna

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GHT Manaslu & Annapurna

26 Days Starting in Kathmandu and ending in

Visiting: Nepal

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

GMA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Physical rating:

Challenging

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Tour Overview

This section of the GHT combines the Manaslu Circuit, with the region's most famous trail, the northern section of the Annapurna Circuit, to produce a superb trek that will challenge any Himalayan trekker! Circling Manaslu (8163m), the world's seventh highhest mountain, is a rugged and less developed trail through ancient Buddhist villages close to the Tibetan border, which culminates in a crossing of the high and windswept Larkye La (5105m). From there, the trail descends and intersects with the classic Annapurna Circuit in the village of Dharapani. We head north along this very scenic trail, with great views of the Annapurna massif, and once again gain in altitude as we trek through Manang and eventually over the Thorung La (5416m). The views from this pass are exceptional, stretching out over the Tibetan plateau and the region of Mustang. We descend the pass through the important pilgrimage town of Muktinath and onto Kagbeni, an ancient village with a great location on the Kali Gandhaki Gorge.

Highlights

  • Cross two of Nepal's most exciting passes; Larkya and Thorong La

  • Experience the diverse landscapes of Nepal, from lush sub-tropical forests to dramatic gorges and alongside immense glaciers

  • Come face to face with ancient Buddhist villages near the Tibetan border

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges

  • Soak in the views on the mountain flight from Jomsom to Kathmandu

  • Trek in the inspiring company of our most experienced leaders and sirdars

  • Immerse yourself in Kathmandu

Itinerary

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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 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Day 2 : Free Day In Kathmandu
Meals Included: B

Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.

Day 3 : Drive To Soti Khola (730M), Approx. 8 Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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 Buri Gandaki northwards to Soti Khola, and our first night's camp.

Day 4 : To Machha Khola (930M), Walk Approx. 5 Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 5 : To Khorla Besi (970M) Walk Approx 6Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today is a relatively long day and we will combine with our GHT Manaslu & Annapurna trek at Khorla Besi.

Day 6 : To Yaru (1100M), Walk Approx. 6-7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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 at the village of Yaru.

Day 7 : To Lama Chautara (1570M), Walk Approx. 4-5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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 at Lama Chautara.

Day 8 : To Deng (1860M), Walk Approx. 5-6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 9 : To Namrung (2630M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 10 : To Sama (3520M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs And Rest Day
Meals Included: B, L, D

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). The followig day we enjoy a rest day at our camp in Sama.

Day 12 : To Larkye Bazaar (4000M), Walk Approx. 5-6Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

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. From here we descend down to the Budi Gandaki River. After crossing the wooden bridge over it, we will reach the fabled Larkye Bazaar.

Day 13 : To Larkye Base Camp (4460M), Walk Approx. 4Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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).

Day 14 : Cross Larkye La (5140M) To Bimtang (3590M) 8-10Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 15 : To Dharapani (1865M), Walk Approx. 7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 16 : To Koto (2620M), Walk Approx. 7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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 Koto. 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.

Day 17 : To Pisang (2675M/ 6-7Hrs) & Bhraka (3475M/ 6-7Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

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 towards Manang's airstrip at Hongde. Our campsite in Bhraka 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.

Day 19 : To Yak Kharka (4050M), Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 20 : To Thorong Pedi (4450M), Walk Approx. 4Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 21 : Cross Thorong La (5380M) To Muktinath, Walk Approx. 8Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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!

Day 22 : To Kagbeni (2810M), Walk Approx. 4Hrs & Rest Day.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We bid farewell to those on the GHT Full Traverse this morning before entering the main Kali Gandaki valley where 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 well earned rest day here, and then proceed to Jomsom.

Day 24 : To Jomsom (2760M), Walk Approx. 5 Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

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.

Day 25 : Flight Jomsom To Pokhara & Kathmandu(1330M).
Meals Included: B

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.

Day 26 : Trip Concludes Kathmandu.
Meals Included: B

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.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3 nights hotel

  • 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

  • expert bilingual guide and group medical kit

  • flight Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu valued at US$221

  • 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

  • accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites

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What's Not Included

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc

  • Tips

  • International flights

  • Airport and departure taxes

  • Visa

  • Travel Insurance

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters carry all group gear.

Grading

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.

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    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

U. Herbst(Beecroft, NSW)  

GHT Manaslu & Annapurna

24 Aug 2017

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