Adventurous Manaslu, Annapurna, and lower Mustang Trek

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Starts / EndsKathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Total duration35 days trip
    30 days trekking
  • Max. Altitude5,106 m, 5,416 m & 3,800 m
  • Group SizeMin.1 Max.10
  • MealsLaunch, Breakfast & Dinner
  • GuideLocal guide
  • Departure Fixed/On request
  • TransportationFlight and Private vehicle

Trekking Grade

Challenging / Grade E

Trekking Category

Lodge cum Camping Trek

  • Best Month March, April, May, September, October, November
  • Accommodation2-4 star rooms
Tour Details

Nepal offers the most difficult and challenging treks in Nepal.  Manaslu- Tsum Valley-Narphu- Manang-Tilicho Lake trek is one of them and it lies in a remote in Nepal. You will cover around 36 days ascending and descending more challenging terrain. Trekking to this remote area begins from the trailhead in Arughat bazaar passing through lush subtropical terrain climbing along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River and reaching the highest point the Larkya La pass at 5,235m. You gently traverse through middle hills and finally emerge into the high, arid desert region which is actually considered a part of the Tibetan Plateau where people of Tibetan origin inhabit and follow the Tibetan Buddhism. During the trek, you will traverse through small settlements, get closer to Tibetan territory and catch sights of some Mani stone walls at the gateway to each village and occasionally Stupa. This trek is indeed strenuous while crossing over the Larkya La Pass. Every trekker requires excellent physical stamina and passion to do Manaslu Circuit -Tsum Valley Trek in the beginning. As you walk progressively to higher altitudes, the temperature drops and begins hiking in trees and then alpine grasses, and then snow and rock by the time you reach the Pass. You will find yourself absolutely in beautiful scenery surrounded by mountains.

In the second phase of the trek you will explore the least visited Narphu valley situated between the Annapurna and Manaslu regions. Here you will explore pristine valleys that feature a mix of true Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture. The pre-historic, houses, Chorten, stone-paved pavements and structure date back to centuries and its secluded characteristics attract every trekker to this part of the world.  While trekking to Narphu valley, you will come across widespread pasture land, livestock, farming, verdant fields and mountains. After Narphu valley you will be heading to a beautiful Manang valley with the desert-like wild terrain and then Tilicho Lake, considered as the world’s highest lake located at 4,920 meters from sea level. Tilicho Lake is the main attraction of the trek. It is a glacial lake without trace of any aquatic life. While trekking, you will enjoy the clear views of Gangapurna, Chulu peak, Pisang peak, Annapurna I, II and III peaks from Manang. Crossing Mesokanta La pass is very difficult and possibly dangerous and sometimes rocks may fall. So, every trekking attempting to do this remote area trekking must be well prepared mentally and physically.

The best time to do Manaslu- Tsum Valley-Narphu- Manang-Tilicho Lake trek is between April-May-June and Sept-Oct-Nov. There are few basic teahouses available in this remote area however, full board camping trekking is highly recommended. Special permit for Tsum valley and Narphu along with Manaslu Conservation Area permit, is required for solo and group trekkers.

Tour Highlights
  • Breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Varied landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, and alpine valleys.
  • Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters) and Thorong La Pass (5,416 meters).
  • Visit the sacred Muktinath Temple in Lower Mustang.
  • Experience a combination of adventure, nature, and cultural exploration in one trek..
Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Trekking preparation and permit paper working day

Day 3: Drive to Arughat Bazaar (535m) 6 hrs. & further drive to Machha Khola (930m) 2Hrs

Day 4: Trek Machha Khola to Doban (1,070m) -6 to7 Hrs.

Day 5: Trek Doban to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 Hours

Day 6: Trek Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2,361m)-6 to 7 Hrs.

Day 7: Trek Chumling to Chhokang-Paro (3010m) (3-4Hrs)

Day 8: Trek Chhokang-Paro - Nile (3361m) - Mu Gompa (3900m) 5-6 Hrs.

Day 9Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,210 m) -5 to 6 Hrs.

Day 10: Trek Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang (3200m) 5-6 Hrs.

Day 11: Day Trip to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m) 7-8 Hrs.

Day 12: Trek Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (cross Ripchet) (1,570 m) -6 ½ to 7 ½ Hrs.

Day 13: Trek Lokpa to Ghap (2165m) - 4 to 5 Hrs

Day 14: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) – 5 to 6 Hrs.

Day 15: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) - 5 to 6 Hrs.

Day 16: Explore day in Sama Gaon

Day 17 : Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 4 to 5 Hrs.

Day 18: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 4 to 5 Hrs.

Day 19: Trek Larkey Phadi to Bimtang (3590m) via Larkya La (5,160m) - 7 to 8 Hrs.

Day 20: Trek Bimtang to Dharapani 8 -9 Hrs.

Day 21: Trek Dharapani to Koto (2600m) - 5 to 6 Hrs.

Day 22: Trek Koto to Meta (3560m) – 8 to 9 Hrs.

Day 23: Trek Meta to Phu Gaon (4050m) – 8 to 9 Hrs.

Day 24: Explore & Acclimatization rest day at Phu Gaon

Day 25: Trek Phu to Nar Phedi (3750m) – 7 to 8 Hrs

Day 26: Trek Nar Phedi to Nar (4150m) -3 to 4 Hrs.

Day 27: Trek Nar to Ngawal (3675m) via Kang La pass (5306m) – 9 to 10 Hrs.

Day 28: Trek Nwawal to Manang (3440m.) 5 Hrs.

Day 29: Trek Manang to Khangsar village(298m),5 Hrs.

Day 30: Trek Khangsar village to Tilicho lake (4920 m),5-6 hrs.

Day 31: Trek to Nam Phu Kharka-Jomsom after crossing Mesokanta La Pass (5315m), 10 hrs.

Day 32: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, 20 min

Day 33: Flight/drive to Kathmandu

Day 34: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 35: Departure

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Airport pickup and drop (domestic and international)

Local transportation; (Domestic flight, road transport according program)

Hotels: (4/2) star standard hotel including breakfast (according to program in Kathmandu& other places)

Welcome and farewell dinner

Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Patan Durbar square, Swyambunath, Pashupatinath)

Sighseeing Bhaktapur and Boudhanath

Camping/ Lodge Trek’s cost according to program

Full board during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Government-licensed guide (English speaking or other foreign language if requested)

Required numbers of porters (1 porter for 2 guests; 12 kg per guest in Tea house trek)

Sightseeing entry fees/national park /conservation/restricted area permit fees (monasteries, temples, Stupa entrance fees but not donation.)

TIMS (Trekker’s information Management System) permits or peak climbing permit fees (according to your program)

Group First Aid Kits (We recommend bringing your personal first aid kit as well.)

Trekking bag for each guest.

Staff insurance

Complementary

Trekking bag for each guest

Nepal Fair Step Trekking printed T-Shirt

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International airfare from and to your country

Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD 50 cash for 30 days visa and need to fill online form)

Excess baggage charges

Personal gears

Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters

Travel & Health Insurance – Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)

Any meals (lunch &dinner) in Kathmandu – $ 10 to 15 for per meal in tourist restaurant (except welcome and farewell dinner)

Any kinds of drinks (alcohol &non-alcoholic beverage) neither during the trek nor in Kathmandu

Tips for staff (not mandatory but expected)

Hot shower, recharging of batteries (available during the

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