DAY 01- ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1,300m/4,264 ft) The adventure begins when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital city of Kathmandu. Once through immigration, you will be met by your representative from Himalayan Planet Adventures and taken to your hotel to relax. After a rest, there will be an orientation along with a wonderful welcome dinner where you will enjoy traditional hospitality, local culture, and Nepali cuisine. (Transportation to hotel, welcome dinner, and your hotel accommodations are included in the price of the package).
DAY 02 – TOUR OF KATHMANDU VALLEYThe Kathmandu Valley is an ancient place where travelers passed for centuries following the salt and silk trading routes. Its narrow streets, amazing temples, awesome palace, and more are there to explore. There are more than 1000 temples in the Kathmandu Valley. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. We will only have time to explore three of them. Meet holy men (Sadhus) at Pashupatinath, the most sacred Hindu temple in all of Nepal. Colorfully dressed Sadhus along with amusing monkeys will impress and delight any visitor. Then it’s off to Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal (and third largest in the world) where you will encounter refugees from Tibet. The final UNESCO World Heritage Site is the ancient kingdom city of Bhaktapur with its 55-window palace along with its many Hindu temples. Here the streets are narrow with hidden squares to come across. In the evening, you will return to your hotel for the night as you prepare for your journey the next day. (Breakfast, city tour, trek preparation, and hotel accommodations included.)
DAY 03 – Drive to Arughat Bazar (Elev. 550m/1,804 ft) Today’s journey is overland as we clear the rim of the Kathmandu Valley and follow along the broad Trisuli River. We cross over to the city of Dhading before making our way on narrow roads through the jungles on our way to the village of Arughat Bazar. This journey will take you into the very heart of Nepal where you will see jungles and local villages with traditional farms. Arughat Bazar is the largest village on the Budhi Gandaki River. Here we will spend the night. Travel time is 8 9 hours. (Transportation, all meals and tea house accommodations included.)
DAY 04 – Trek to Soti Khola (Elev. 750m/2461 ft)The trek begins as we follow along the west side of the Budhi Gandaki River. This river begins high up in the mountain from the melting glaciers of Mt. Manaslu. By the time it reaches Arughat Bazar, it is a broad, fast-flowing river. Today’s journey will take us to the delightful little village of Soti Khola where the Soti Khola (river) joins the mighty Budhi Gandaki. Here there is a wonderful little tea house where we will spend the night. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours. (All meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 05 – Trek to Machha-Khola Gaon (Elev. 890 m/2,920 ft) We cross a suspension bridge over the Soti Khola as we make our way northward. We will pass through jungles as well as quaint villages. You will even find coffee growing in this area which is a new crop in Nepal and produces some of the finest tasting coffee in the world. The trail is right along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki as we make our way to the village of Machhakholagaon. It is situated the confluence of the Machha Khola (Fish River) and the Budhi Gandaki. There is good fish here for dinner if you wish, or traditional Nepali food. Be sure to try the yak cheese momo which is a favorite here. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours. (All meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 06 – Trek to Jagat (Elev. 1,350 m/4,429 ft) The journey today takes us along impressive Buddhist Mani Walls (Prayers carved in stone) and through the village of Tatopani where there is a large hot spring. Hot water drips from the sides of the cliff and the trek through here feels almost tropical. Jagat village is a wonderful place with its flagstone streets. We are increasing in elevation and the Budhi Gandaki River features some impressive rapids. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 07 – Trek to Deng (Elev. 1,960 m/6,430 ft) The trek today continues to follow the Budhi Gandaki as we rise in elevation. In time, we come to a trail that is carved out of the side of the cliff high above the river where we can look down on eagles soaring on the rising air currents. This gorge is uninhabited and features impressive waterfalls. At other times, we discover small villages along with forests of tall pine trees as well as bamboo. The journey takes 6 – 7 hours until we come to the village of Deng where we will spend the night. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 08 - Trek to Ghap (Elev. 2,380 m/7,808 ft) We continue to climb, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River on a small bridge. Our faithful friend continues to get narrower and narrower as we make our way toward its source. There are more waterfalls and the scenery continues to change as well as the plant life with this higher elevation. We cross the Shringi Khola as we enter the village of Ghap where we will spend the night in a local tea house. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 09 – Trek to Namrung (elev. 2,700 m/8,858 ft) We cross the Budhi Gandaki River again as we enter into the Budhi Gandaki Valley. We make our way over a large boulder while passing through deep and dark forests of fir and rhododendron which come into full bloom in the spring of each year. We are definitely among the Tibetan people with their unique houses and farms. Our trekking time is 4 – 5 hours until we reach the village of Namrung to spend the night. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 10 – Trek to Sama Gompa (elev. 3,360 m/11,024 ft) We now enter what is known as the Nupri Region with the Tibetan people. Here it is common for women to have more than one husband. This is also a part of Tibetan tradition. We find Buddhist monasteries as well as followers of the ancient Bön religion, which predates Buddhism in Tibet. You can see the influence of the Bön religion in the religious paintings of Tibet Buddhism. Our journey has taken us to new heights as we reach Sama Gompa which is a large Tibetan community. There is a large Buddhist monastery here in this village. This day will also offer a most incredible view of Mt. Manaslu. Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 11 – Acclimatization Day in Sama Gompa The higher elevation requires us to spend a day to allow our bodies to adjust to the thinning air of the high Himalayas. We will rest today, plus have a chance to explore the village and its monastery. We will again see impressive views of Mt. Manaslu rising above the village. We will return to our tea house for the night. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 12 – Trek to Samdo (Elev. 3,780 m/12,402 ft) We sadly say goodbye to Sama Gompa and all of its wonderful hospitality we’ve enjoyed for two nights. These Tibetan people enjoy visitors and appreciate that they usually spend two nights in their community. The trail makes its way down to the Budhi Gandaki, which looks nothing like what we saw at Arughat Bazar. It is more of a large stream crashing over the Rocky River bed. We will pass many Mani Walls then climb upwards to reach the village of Samdo where we will spend the night. Trekking time is 3 – 4 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 13 – Trek to Larkya La Rest House (elev. 4,200 m/13,780 ft) We pretty much leave civilization behind as we make our way to the Larkya La Rest House. Don’t expect much in the way of accommodations here. It is a good shelter from the weather. The trail goes in and out of gorges with some climbing in elevation. Enjoy the night at the rest house as tomorrow you will climb to the top of Larkya La Pass. Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 14 – Trek to Larkya La Pass (5,135 m/16,847 ft.) and down to Bimtang (2,200 m/7,218 ft) It’s an early morning breakfast as we have lots of climbing to do before we reach the top of Larkya La Pass. It’s a challenge, but what a view from on top! From here, we can see the mountains of Manaslu, Annapurna, and the Tibetan Plateau. Once we crest Larkya La Pass, the trail descends quickly to Bimtang. The name means the plains of sand in the Tibetan language. It is a huge valley surrounded by incredible snowcapped peaks that rise majestically above it. We find civilization again here in Bimtang where we spend the night at a nice tea house. Trekking time is longer today, between 7 – 9 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 15 – Trek to Dharapani (Elev. 1,850 m/6,068 ft) The scenery is changing as well as the jungles with the lower elevation. We are entering into the region of the Annapurna Mountains. We will be able to see the Marsyangdi Valley below us today. Our journey will take us to Dharapani via the little village of Tilje and Thonje. We overnight at Dharapani after a trek of 7 – 8 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 16 – Trek to Chame (Elev. 2,710 m/8891 ft) The journey into the Annapurna Mountains requires us to enter some dense forests with steep ridges. The highlight of the day will be the sight of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II as well as Annapurna IV. Chame is our destination which is a home of a small, indigenous tribal people. There is also a wonderful hot spring here to relax those tired muscles from days of climbing and trekking. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours. We will overnight at a tea house in Chame where we will experience this ethnic group’s unique hospitality. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 17 – Trek to Pisang (Elev. 3,700 m/12,139 ft) We cross the river this morning. The trail now hugs the northern bank of the river as we later begin to discover apple orchards near the village of Bhartang. These orchards are famous throughout Nepal for their apples which are highly prized in the cities. We soon discover a bridge, which leads to a steep (but short) climb through pine forests to the top of the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari where we will enjoy lunch. The peaks of Pisang are now in view with their dazzling snow-capped peaks. You will also see the summit of Chulu Peak with the village of Pisang below us. Pisang village is a wind-swept village composed of people who came here centuries ago from Tibet. In the evening, we will explore the local monastery. Trekking time is 6 – 7 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 18 – Trek to Manang (Elev. 3,500 m/11,482 ft) Our journey today will lead us to the amazing Gurung village of Manang. This village is one of the largest villages belonging to the famed Gurung people, who’s men have long composed the ranks of the Gurkha Soldiers. The trek takes us first through wonderfully aromatic pine forests where you can breathe in that alpine air. We reach a ridge that offers us the first view of the Manang valley with the tall, snow-capped peaks rising high above it. It is a fertile, green valley that features spectacular views of many high mountains of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. Once we reach the village of Humde, it is a very enjoyable walk to Manang. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 19 – Acclimatization Day in Manang We are honored to be able to spend a day acclimatizing in the village of Manang as there is so much to see. There are an amazing Gurung Museum and even an opportunity to go and enjoy a movie here! From a short walk around the village, we see Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Tilicho, the peaks of Pisang and more. It is a stunning setting to be able to spend a day relaxing and enjoying the awesome views. (3 Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 20 – Trek to Yak Kharka (Elev. 4,110 m/13,484 ft) We’ve had a great time here in Manang, and now begin trekking again. This time, we have an enjoyable walk to Tenki Manang for more stunning mountain views. It is a gentle climb across ridges and past juniper bushes. We are climbing above the tree line where vegetation becomes sparse. We will spend the night at Yak Kharka where local shepherds bring their sheep, goats, and yaks to graze in the summer months. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 21 – Trek to Thorong Phedi (Elev. 4400 m/14,432 ft) With the higher elevation, we take it a bit slower as we make our way to the village of Thorong Phedi. We climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola as we gaze at the snow-capped peaks that surround us. It is a great view in every direction. We stop for tea at a tiny little tea shop before continuing on a narrow path to Thorong Phedi. We will spend the night at a tea house in Thorong Phedi. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 22 – Trek to Throng La Pass (Elev. 5,416 m/17,765 ft) to Muktinath (Elev. 3800 m/12,467 ft) Today we cross the highest of the mountain passes. We may see snow up here and the winds are always blowing. But what an incredible view of all of the mighty Annapurna Mountains! It makes any hardship in trekking to the top of Throng La Pass well worth the effort as you stand in awe, gazing at the snow-capped peaks. There is no doubt that today will be the most taxing day of our journey, but once you make the top of the pass, you will forget how much work it was to get there! From Throng La Pass, we go downhill until we reach the sacred temples of Muktinath where we will spend the night in a local tea house. Trekking time today is 7 – 8 hours. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 23 – Trek to Jomsom (Elev. 2,500 m/8,200 ft) The morning breaks with the sounds of temple bells ringing from the devotees and pilgrims who come to worship here. This temple is holy ground to both Hindus and Buddhists. There is an ever burning flame inside of the temple plus water bubbling out of 108 brass spigots. We explore the Muktinath temple before continuing our journey to Jomsom. It is an easy trek to Kagbesi village, descending through some awesome and inspiring scenery along the way as we pass by the Kali Gandaki River. A sacred river dedicated to the goddess Kali, it features the deepest canyon in the world. Our journey will take us to Jomsom where we will spend our last night on the trail. Jomsom is a major village on the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route to Tibet. It is also the capital of the Mustang region. We will overnight at a good local hotel for the night. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hrs. (Meals and accommodations included.)
DAY 24 – Flight to Pokhara (Elev. 820 m/2,690 ft)Our days of trekking have come to an end, but the scenery never quits. We fly over the Annapurna Mountains to reach the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. The flight will take us between two of the highest peaks in the world: Mt. Annapurna (10th highest peak at 8,091 m/26,538 ft.) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (7th highest peak at 8,167 m/26,788 ft.) We land in Pokhara where we will enjoy a hotel with a hot water shower and great food. Enjoy looking around Pokhara in the evening. (Breakfast, flight to Pokhara, hotel accommodations included).
DAY 25 – Return to Kathmandu We return by luxury bus, following along the Marsyangdi and Trisuli Rivers. These buses are relaxing and enjoyable as you watch the impressive scenery. We arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon where you will be taken to your hotel to rest. (Breakfast, bus fare, and accommodations included.)
DAY 26 – Leisure Day in Kathmandu: It’s a free day here in the capital city of Kathmandu. Go and enjoy visiting some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that you have missed, read a book in a garden or do some shopping for souvenirs in Thamel. In the evening, attend a farewell dinner with your guide, porters and staff of Himalayan Planet Adventures. (Please note: if the Jomsom to Pokhara flight is delayed, then the leisure day in Kathmandu is cancelled. This is a reserve day). (Accommodations and farewell dinner included.)
DAY 27 – DepartureIt’s the final day, and you can do a little shopping in Thamel near your hotel before your representative of Himalayan Planet Adventures takes you back to your hotel Today is your day to leave the magical land of Nepal, but you don’t have to. There are many more places to explore in this incredible country nestled in the very heart of the Himalayas. Before you consider leaving, be sure to discuss with your representative at Himalayan Planet Adventures about additional trips in not only Nepal but also in Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Bangladesh. Your representative can help you to enjoy and an incredible adventure into the wild Himalayas as well as south Asia. (Breakfast and airport transfer included.)
Himalayan Planet Adventures provides for you the following equipment for you.
Himalayan Planet Adventures suggests that you should bring a jacket, day pack, long sleeve shirt and pants along with your camera. Trekking boots are a good idea, but not necessary as long as you have good walking shoes. A pair of flip-flops is always handy for when you are around the tea houses and don’t take up a lot of space.
MEALS AND ACCOMMODATIONS:
Himalayan Planet Adventures provides for three meals a day while trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner) along with tea and coffee by the cup while at lodges and tea houses on the trek. While trekking the menus are limited, but there is usually Continental as well as numerous Chinese and Nepali dishes. On the trek, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks and alcohol are not included in the price of the trek. In Kathmandu, Himalayan Planet Adventures provides only breakfast as well as the welcome and farewell dinners.
When it comes to accommodations, Himalayan Planet Adventures provides for your requested category type of hotel, four nights with twin occupancy (additional charge for single supplement). While trekking, we will provide for 21 nights of lodging at available tea houses or lodges. Himalayan Planet Adventures works to provide for the best quality of tea houses and lodges while on the trek. In the mountains, tea houses as well as lodges are not three-star, but are clean and pleasant as they are local operations. Single supplement is available on the trek for an extra charge.
Group treks range in size from two to ten people The Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek requires a minimum of two people. We do offer trekking for single trekkers, and it is possible to combine two single trekkers into the minimum of two-person group.
We do encourage you to have a group ready for adventure when you book, as well as to be able to inform us of the size of the group. No matter what size your group is, we will provide for you the finest possible service at the best possible price.
The Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek is ideal for any group. If you are in average physical condition, you should be able to make this trip. While there are places that will challenge you physically, we average between 4 to 6 hours a day of walking with times to rest. Before doing any trek in the Himalayas, it is always a good idea to check with your medical doctor as well as doctor’s references before booking a trip with any trekking company.
TREK LEADERS AND STAFF:
A decade of being a trekking leader has created highly trained guides and porters at Himalayan Trekking Adventures. All of our guides and porters are not only government licensed and trained, but have also received additional training to be the best possible guides and porters in the industry. Our people have a very high safety record, and have been taught to work closely with all of our clients. All of our staff are from the high Himalayas, so they know the mountains and their conditions. We provide good equipment for our staff as well as continued training updates each year.
It is strongly advisable to purchase travel insurance in case of trip cancellation, unexpected illness or other reasons that you might have to cancel a trip once it is booked. Travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellations, delays, baggage loss or delay, loss of travel documents, medical emergencies as well as emergency assistance.
The extreme elevation of the Himalayas makes AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) a real possibility. To prevent this, we build in acclimatization days to allow your body time to make the adjustment to the thinner air as well as the higher elevations. The best way to prevent AMS is to go slowly and take rest days as we make our way into the higher elevations. Normally, there is no problem with AMS at elevations below 3600 m/11,808 ft.) Himalayan Planet Adventures is very experienced with ways to prevent AMS and practices above and beyond the standard prescribed by health officials to insure your safety.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER:
Nepal contains a diverse range of climate and weather as it goes from tropical jungle in the far south to extreme alpine conditions in the far north. While a small country in physical size, it does contain a great variety of climates. The best times for trekking in the Himalayas is from mid-September to late November when temperatures are pleasant and there is very little chance of rain. December through February is winter and there is snow in the higher elevations with cold nights but pleasant days. Many like trekking from March through early June when the temperatures are warmer. The rainy (monsoon) season begins in mid-June and runs through mid-September.
For the Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek, spring and fall are the best times to trek. The autumn season has lush vegetation which occurs following the summer monsoons. The air is refreshingly clean and clear. Spring is dry and a bit dusty, but considered by many to be an ideal time to make your adventure into the Manaslu and Annapurna regions.
No matter when you choose to visit Nepal, your friends at Himalayan Travel Adventures can put together the right trip for you.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS:
Your passport must have a minimum of six months’ validity after your completion date in Nepal. Himalayan Planet Adventures requests that you fax or e-mail a copy of your passport to us prior to your arrival so we can prepare all necessary permits prior to your arrival.
A Nepal Visa can be purchased at the airport for most visitors, while a Nepal visa can also be obtained in advance in the country of your origin. For more information on Nepal visa and entry requirements, check out this web link: http://www.immi.gov.np/
?USD $25 or other convertible currency equivalent thereto for 15 days’ multiple entry visa.
?USD $40 or other convertible currency equivalent thereto for 30 days’ multiple entry visa.
?USD $100 or other convertible currency equivalent thereto for 90 days’ multiple entry visa.
?Notwithstanding anything written in clause (a) and (b), no visa fell shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days.
PERMITS AND FEES:
You will be required to hold the following permits: TIMS, Entry into World Heritage Sites as well as Manaslu Conservation Area entry permit and Annapurna Conservation Area entry permit. All permits are included in the package price. Himalayan Planet Adventures will need a copy of your passport along with four (4) passport size photos to process and expedite these permits. Himalayan Planet Adventures will do all of the paperwork in obtaining these special permits and fees for you.
There is never a question about social responsibility when it comes to the staff and management at Himalayan Planet Adventures. This is our country and we are proud of it. We are committed to maintaining its beauty as well as uplifting the people we work with.
Following the Gorkha Earthquake of 2015, Himalayan Planet Adventures raised over USD $5,000 toward earthquake relief. In addition, our people contributed hundreds of man hours helping earthquake victims in the rural mountain areas, which were the hardest afflicted.
We brought relief in the form of food, tents and blankets to the villagers. We reached many villages before government as well as NGO relief organizations could arrive with aid. We knew how to get there, and our people literally transported needed supplies on our backs, arriving before roads could be reopened following the landslides caused by the earthquake.
Our social responsibility doesn’t end there. All of our guides and porters come from the rural areas. Their incomes help to support families back in the mountains, thereby allowing rural children to obtain an education.
We practice good, environmental trekking by avoiding throw-away water bottles and using only those items that are bio-degradable. All non-biodegradable goods are packed out of the mountains, preserving the land for future generations to enjoy.
Himalayan Planet Adventures is committed to strict standards of social responsibility because the mountains are our home, and we want to keep them pristine for future generations to enjoy.
Himalayan Planet Adventures is a government registered company based in Kathmandu, Nepal. We have over ten years of experience in the trekking and travel industry, becoming a recognized leader by our peers as well as various professional organizations. We are members of TAAN, NMA, ASTA, ATTA, ALIBABA and more.
Our knowledge of people, government agencies and current conditions extends to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India and Bangladesh. We know and understand adventure tourism, specializing in a strong, working knowledge in these countries of what are available, resources and conditions.
Himalayan Planet Adventures maintains a 95% satisfaction record, one of the highest in all of the tourism companies in Nepal. We proudly suggest that you talk with our clients to learn of their past experiences with Himalayan Planet Adventures. We take great pride in knowing that you will encounter only the finest of praise and recommendations from clients around the world.
HOW TO BOOK:
Once you’ve made your decision on which trip to take, contact our main office in Kathmandu by mail, e-mail or phone to check on the availability of dates. We are constantly updating trip dates as many trips do sell out quickly due to their popularity. Himalayan Planet Adventures takes pride in offering you a quick response to your travel and tour inquiries.
Be sure to read our terms and conditions carefully before signing on. You will be required to give a minimum of a 20% deposit along with your booking form. Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer. A signed booking form is required of all our clients in order to provide you with a guaranteed confirmation. Once bookings are confirmed, Himalayan Planet Adventures, every effort is then underway to make all necessary preparation for your adventure.
The final balance is due upon arrival in Kathmandu. Himalayan Planet Adventures will invoice you before your arrival in Kathmandu with the final amount due.
We at Himalayan Planet Adventures look forward to serving you, your friends and family as you prepare to embark on a trip of a lifetime in the Mighty Himalayas.
We wish you have a wonderful trip with us!
This Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trek has published a fixed departure date which is start & end at Kathmandu. START DATE means your ARRIVAL DAY in Kathmandu & END DAY means DEPARTURE DAY from Kathmandu. If you want to extending your holidays before start the expedition or after expedition finished you are free to do this. These are the departure dates currently available to book online. If these publish dates are not suit your time we are happy to customize the departure dates as your suit and happy to make your date as fixed departure date. Please inform us before the trip booking.
The publish prices are per person basis joining in land but excluding international flights. This price is fixed and given you on group joining & based on twin sharing accommodation. If you prefer to single accommodation please request for single supplement with additional cost.
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