Manaslu and Annapurna Trek with Tilicho Lake is one of the best combinations of trekking trips in Nepal. It combines the restricted area of Manaslu with world-famous Annapurna region. We also explore the lower parts of the Mustang valley. The 25-day-long Manaslu and Annapurna Trek with Tilicho Lake starts with a sightseeing trip around Kathmandu and takes us to some of the highest trekking trails in the world.
We set our foot on the Larkya La Pass at 5,135m, the highest point of Manaslu circuit trek and Thorong La pass at 5,416m, the highest point of the Annapurna circuit trek. We make a detour from the Annapurna circuit trail to the tranquil Tilicho Lake at 4,949m/16,138 ft. Apart from being one of the highest lakes for its size in the world, Tilicho Lake is also of great cultural and religious importance for Hindus.
We drive to Soti Khola and begin our trek from here towards the Manaslu region. Trekking around the eighth highest mountain in the World, Manaslu (8,163m) means trekking in the reasonably unspoiled High Himalayan terrains in the world. The sacred Manaslu region is home to snow leopard, Blue Sheep, and Himalayan Thar. Besides, the region is rich in flora and fauna as well. The centuries-old gompas and chortens only add to the mystery of the region. Ngadi,
We trek around Mt. Manaslu till Day 13 of the trek- passing beautiful alpine pastures, waterfall, glaciers, high ridges with excellent views of Mt. Manaslu, Shringi Himal, Simrang, Hinuchuli, Cheo, Kang Guru, and Larkya Peak among others. After crossing the Larkya La, we descend down to Bimthang, then to Tilije and meet the Annapurna circuit trail at Chame. We trek the higher portions of the Annapurna region in the following days. These parts are dominated by the Annapurna mountains, so close it feels like you could touch them. We trek to Siri Kharka, a high pasture, and the Tilicho Base Camp before setting off to the Tilicho Lake. This region experiences strong winds and heavy mist, both making for an extremely scenic and quite thrilling trek.
We then make our way towards Thorong Phedi eventually climbing up to the Thorong La ( pass) at 5,416m. It is one of the highest mountain passes in the world and sits higher than Everest Base camp (5,364 m). The dramatic stretch then leads down to Muktinath, a village with the Muktinath temple which is of immense religious importance to Hindus and Buddhists. We are now in the Kali Gandaki Valley and drive towards its hub Jomsom. Towards the end of our 25-day-long Manaslu and Annapurna Trek with Tilicho Lake, we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. The trek officially ends with a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
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A typical day on a trek: Live the Experience in words
A typical day on a trek organized by Adventure Club Trek will be exciting, informative, picturesque and a lots of fun, of course! Our guides do not believe in hurrying the trekkers during the trip, they take a more leisurely approach which means you can take your time to enjoy the landscapes, take your photos and explore as much of the culture as you’d like. There are, of course, exceptions; times when guides have to hurry a team for safety reasons.
Trekking in the Himalaya is an experience like no other. Experienced, strong, qualified and friendly guides along with porters who carry your luggage make every day of this journey more feasible for you.You have to carry your small regular day pack on trekking days. We start each day with a wake-up morning cup of tea. Then, we pack our bags and sit for a locally made wholesome breakfast before setting off for the trek.
We typically start the day’s hike around 7:00 am-8:00 am, depending on the nature of the day’s trek and duration. We sit for lunch after walking for 3-4 hours. We usually take the lunch break around midday and resume after an hour’s rest.The afternoon trek is usually only up to 2-3 hours long meaning we reach our overnight stay before evening, so, we munch on extra dietary snacks till the dinner is ready. Once we have our dinner (around 6 pm) we are free to explore the adjacent places.
Before going to bed, the group discusses their experience. Later, the guide will brief the group on next day’s trip plans.If it is too early to go to bed for you, we can engage in some games and fun conversations. Most trekkers prefer playing cards, reading books or learning some Nepalese. We wake up and start the cycle again.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight on Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Since it is an almost 9-hour-long drive to Soti Khola, we start early. The long drive passes without dull moments as we traverse alongside sceneries of layered green hills and picturesque countryside. Our road changes to raw, unpaved path from Dhading Bensi till Arughat. Overnight in Soti Khola
Today marks the start of our official trek. There are no major ups and down as we are gaining only a little over 200m in altitude. We cross a small bridge and enter into a sal forest. The trail goes alongside Budhi Gandaki River with small ups and downs. We get to see our first snow-capped mountain, Chamar, part of the Shringi Himal range. We pass countryside trail with terraced fields and ethnic Gurung settlements to finally arrive at Machha Khola.
Overnight in Machha Khola
We will most likely pass numerous mule trains on your way, so always remember to stick to the walls while the procession crosses your path. Today’s trek is on quite a narrow trail. However, there are still no major ups and downs. We cross the Tharo Khola to reach Khorla Besi. Then, a few ascends and descends brings us to Tatopani, there is a small hot spring here. We cross the hotspring and overcome a ride to finally cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. We climb over a stone staircase and a ridge to then come to Dobhan. Crossing yet more suspension bridges, ridges and stairs, we arrive at Tharo Bharyang. Then, we cross even more bridges, climb a ridge and trek for a while to finally arrive at Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Jagat is the first checkpoint. We will have to show all our permits here. Our trek begins with a climb up a rocky ridge which leads to Salleri. Then, we descend to Sirdibas. As the valley opens up, the trail leads up to Ghatte Khola. Walking further uphill, we come across a suspension bridge at Philim. The trail is fairly flat onwards as we cross terraced millet fields to arrive at Ekle Bhatti. Our route now goes through a steep gorge, leading us to grassy landscapes. Then, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and trek for a while, which leads us to bamboo forests and eventually to Deng Khola. On the other side of the Khola ( river), is the small, picturesque village of Deng.
We are entering the more remote and unique sections of the Manaslu region, starting today. A short walk from Deng brings us to cross the Budhi Gandaki River and then to Rana Village at 1,910m. We pass numerous bridges, forests, mani walls (walls of prayer wheels) before arriving at Prok village. The village has a vantage point for excellent views of Shringi Himal. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki river again and again and passing some gompas, we enter a dense forest. After trekking for a while, we cross the river at a narrow gorge. Then the forest becomes thins out and we continue on a pleasant walk. One last steep climb and we reach Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
Another long day of trekking, but an extremely scenic one. We trek along with Siring and Ganesh Himal in the view, Mt. Himal Chuli also keeps peeking in the south. Our first significant stop is the village of Lhi, one with several chortens and barley fields. We descend for a while and cross the side valley of Simnang Himal. We then pass the Sho village followed by the village of Lho and Shayla. Lho provides excellent views of Mt. Manaslu and house the famous Ribung Gompa, which we take our time to visit. Shayla village has high mountains like Mt. Himal Chuli and Ngadi Chuli ( Peak 29) on full display to the left, large glaciers and Mt. Manaslu in the front, and other snow capped peaks to the right. The next village is Samagaon, our destination for the night. Overnight in Samagaon.
We have set aside this day for acclimatization, which is a defining factor for a successful trek in the Himalaya. Samagaon is booming with culture, history and beautiful landscapes. We enjoy the rich Sherpa culture that portrays through the costumes of the local, the food, and their daily lives. We make a short hike to the Pungyen Gompa, a monastery with history and great views. The monastery was destroyed in a natural disaster after the Japanese attempted to climb Manaslu, ‘’mountain of the spirit’’ unsuccessfully in 1952. Locals took this as a disapproval from the gods. They resisted and sent the Japanese team back the next year when they returned for another attempt. The first successful attempt was made in 1959. We explore the monastery and its surrounding before hiking down to Samagaon. Overnight in Samagaon.
Our trek begins with a descent. We follow the Budhi Gandaki River north and cross a bridge over a side stream. There are two trails from here onwards- one that leads to the Manaslu Base Camp and the other leads us to Larkya La ( pass) the highest point in the Manaslu trek. We take the latter one- it passes through a number of mani walls and Juniper and Birch forests as well as grazing pastures like that Kermo Kharka. We climb down to cross the river again on a wooden bridge and make a steep ascent onto a headland. It is a short trek from here to Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
We take an acclimatization rest today. We have two options- hike up to the valley at the back of the village of Samdo or hike up to Gya La ( large pass), which lies north to the village. We recommend the first option.The first hike will lead us to a trade pass to Tibet. We can enjoy excellent views of Mt. Manaslu and Himalayan ranges like the Simrang, Hinuhuli, Ngadi, Cheo, Kang Guru and Larkya Peak. We also pass through many herding settlements and sight upon some Himalayan birds like the Lophophorus (national bird of Nepal), Himalayan Griffin and Lammergeyer among others. The other option- hike up to Gya La, takes the whole day and is quite tiring as well. It is also a trading route to Tibet, a more frequently used one. Overnight in Samdo.
Today’s trek starts with a descent down the edge. Then, we cross the river over a wooden bridge, which leads our trail upward. While we are trekking around the Salka Khola valley, we cross a number of streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. We now climb up to a stone shetler (not a lodge) called Dharamshala, also known as Larke Phedi. It is a rather short trek today. So, we can go around the village to do some exploring. Overnight in Dharamsala.
We start the day with a climb leading us to a valley. The valley lies north of Larkya Glaciers and offers up close views of Larya Peak and Cho Danda. After making a gradual ascent across glacier moraines, we cross the steep final section of the pass. Larkya La is beaming with views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, massive Annapurna II and Kang Guru. We climb down from the pass and make our way to Bimthang through pastures as the evening mist slowly sets in. Mt. Manaslu is close by making the trek an experience like no other. Overnight in Bimthang.
We trek to a ridge at Bimthang and enjoy upclose views of Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu and Cheo Himal. Then ,we descend from the ridge to Sangure Kharka, a grazing pasture, which leads us to a bridge over Dudh Khola (river). We trek through Rhododendron forest which clears out at a narrow valley. We walk through the valley until we arrive at cultivated fields of Karche valley at 2,785m. We make a steep climb onto a ridge then climb down and meet the river bank at 2,580m. A short trek from the river bank brings us to Gho village. We can stay overnight here but since better lodges are available at Tilije, we trek a little further to the village. Overnight in Tilije
We join the classic Annapurna trekking trail from here onwards. We start the day with a descent which leads us to a suspension bridge. We cross the bridge and ascend to Thoche Village. We follow a fairly level trail till Bagarchhap village where we come across an electricity production power house. We tackle a few steep, forested ridges before we reach Chame. We pass a few waterfalls and enjoy views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal along the way .Overnight in Chame.
It is an extremely pleasant trek today. Walking through steep, narrow path through forests, we come across the famous dramatic curved rock face 1500m above the river. Gradually the trail widens and opens up to majestic Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna range. Overnight in Pisang.
We enter the upper Manang region today. The contrast in the landscape and vegetation is striking. The climate is cold and dry and vegetation is quite bushy compared to the pleasant weather and densely forested lower manang region. The Annapurna peaks appear bigger and closer. Overnight in Manang.
We head out of Manang through the western gates and follow the trail to the river. After crossing the river, we walk on its south side through coniferous forest, which brings us to the Khangsar village. We continue walking on the stunning high landscapes of the Annapurna region towards Siri khara passing a monastery on the way. The last uphill stretch to Siri Kharka can be a little tiring, but the views of Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu keep it pleasant. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
The altitude gain is only about a 100m. So, the trek today doesn’t involve steep climbs, it is mostly downhill. But the trail is quite narrow. We trek along the high Himalayan landscapes, Annapurna peaks and impressive rock formation to finally arrive at Tilicho Base Camp.Overnight in Tilicho Base Camp.
Unlike the previous day trek, today involves steep climbs. We climb up moraine ridges and grassy slopes that lead us to large switchbacks eventually taking us to the watershed. Tilicho Lake is on the other side of the watershed. Tilicho Lake is often cited as the highest situated lake in the world for its size and rests at the foot of the north face of Tilicho peak. The lake is of religious importance to the Hindus as it is mentioned in the holy book of Ramayana. After exploring the lake, we retrace our way back to Siri Kharka. Overnight in Siri Kharka.
The route we take from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka avoids backtracking to Manang compared to our other options. We are still on the main circuit trail; however, we descend towards Thare Gomba instead towards Manang. We stay on the left, and reach Old Khangsar after trekking for a while. It is an uninhabited place except for a few and occasion herders. There is a rock wall north out of Khangsar, we follow it and reach the Thorong Khola valley. We cross the river on a seasonal wooden bridge and again to the east band which leads us to an ascent to a plateau. Walking a little further, we reach Yak Kharka.Overnight in Yak Kharka.
It is a short but a mostly uphill climb today. We walk for a while before crossing a suspension bridge to reach the beautiful Letdar village. We make a gradual ascend towards Thorong Phedi. On the way, we enjoy views of high Himalayan ranges like Mt. Gudang, Thorong peak, Mt. Syagang, and Mt. Khatungka. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Quite an action packed day today, but beautiful nonetheless. On our way from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath, we cross the famous Thorong La pass at (5,416m/17,769ft). The pass stands as a transition between the high Himalayan valleys of Manang and Mustang. Kali Gandaki River is far below to our west. We keep on descending from the pass towards the river, crossing many suspension bridges and steep downhill climbs to finally arrive at Muktinath temple, a religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. A little further from here is the village of Muktinath with excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We drive from Muktinath to Jomsom for the night. Overnight in Jomsom.
Jomsom has an airstrip. We take an early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Upon arriving at Pokhara, we check in to our hotel. We can spend rest of the day in leisure visiting the lakeside restaurants and other amusements here. Overnight in Pokhara
After a rejuvenating morning breakfast, we get ready to leave Pokhara behind and drive to Kathmandu. Once we reach Kathmandu, your guide can help you with any souvenir shopping or other special requests. Farewell dinner from Adventure Club Trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a pleasant experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Flight delays in Jomsom
Our primary modes of transports from the airstrip at Jomsom are the Twin Otter planes. Even though the flights are fairly dependable, they can be cancelled or delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalaya and/or other technical issues.In cases of such delays, Adventure Club Trek will arrange road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The expenses for the road transport will be managed from the compensation received from the flight ticket after deducting charges for cancelation. Therefore, there will be no refund of the Jomsom to Pokhara flight in case we take the road back to Pokhara.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.