Trekking and Walking

Manaslu with Thorong La Pass Trek

Nepal

Manaslu with Thorong La Pass Trek

Trip Rating

4/5 Out of 1 Reviews

Trip Duration

24 Days

Trial Access

Private & comfortable drive, flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight from PKR-KTM available)

Country

Nepal

Max Altitude

Thorong La Pass 5416 M

Activity Level

difficult

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Best Season

Spring (Mar, Apr)

Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world and this trek with thorang la pass goes around Mt Manalsu adding excitement as well as topmost adventure.

The commencing point of this trek is Gorkha District. But you do have an option to choose between the two routes to conclude your trek, as per your convenience and interest. You follow the same route to the Budi Gandaki river which goes around the Manaslu peak (8,156m). You then pass through the Larkya pass at 5,100 meters. Lastly, you emerge onto the Marshyangdi River Valley along the main trail of Annapurna Circuit.

The trip grade can be rated as fairly challenging.

Manaslu with Thorong-la Pass Trek has an option of camping as well as a tea house trek. During the peak season, if you have a bigger group it is difficult to get accommodation, especially in Samdo and Dharmasala, so we suggest you be prepared for a camping trek.

Camping is also fun on your trek, as you will be under moon’s light, burning firewoods and sharing feelings with your friends or family.

Why Manaslu & Thorong-la Pass trek?

  • Trek to the vicinity of 8th Highest Mountain in the world - Manaslu.
  • Walkthrough the high alpine valley with distinctive Tibetan villages and fine monasteries.
  • Imposing view of Annapurna Massif comprising Annapurna I - IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak and so on.
  • Famous Hindus temple Muktinath Temple and mouthwatering River view of Kaligandaki.
  • Cross World Highest Pass Thorong La Pass (5,416m)

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$ 1,925

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a representative from Himalayan trekkers greet you in traditional style and transfer to hotel.

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

After breakfast at the hotel, a tour guide will take you to the historical and cultural places of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu city presents a fabulous mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath.

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Soti Khola

8-9 hrs drive

700 m

We will drive down from Kathmandu to Arughat which is almost a 7 hours journey and further 1 hour we will reach to Soti Khola for our overnight stay. Generally, we drive to Arughat from Kathmandu and start our trek, however, there is an access of road till Soti Khola so if the weather and road conditions are good (It has gravel road) we will take 4WD to Soti Khola at peak season (Monsoon Exceptional) to skip a day camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 4

Trek to Machha Khola

6-7 hrs

900 m

We will walk past small settlements and across the hill until we reach a spot where the valley widens considerably and from where you can see a big tributary of Budi Gandaki meeting it on the opposite side. Walking on we will reach Lapbesi. From here we will continue uphill for a couple of hours and reach Machha Khola for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 5

Trek to Jagat

6-7 hrs

1,400 m

Today we will walk from Machha Khola to Jagat that would take us 7 hours to reach. The trail is a bit narrow in some places and equally challenging as well. After a short walk, we will reach a small forest and cross it to reach Doban. Another couple of hours from Doban will take us to the fields of Jagat where we will set the camps for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 6

Trek to Nyak

5-6 hrs

2,340 m

Our day begins with climbing a rocky ridge to Salleri and descends to Sirdibas. The valley extends little bit as the trail goes up to Ghatte Khola. We walk further to a long suspension bridge in Philim, a huge Gurung settlement. After that, the trail diverts towards the north just above the lowest house in the village and stays within the same level as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. After that, the trail enters a steep and uninhabited gorge. From this spot, we walk down to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budi Gandaki and then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 7

Trek to Prok / Ghap

6-7 hrs

2,400 m

We will start walking across one of the most impressive valleys today. We will walk past the village of lama where we can see numerous Mani walls, Shringi Himal and varieties of the landscape. While enjoying the view we will enter to one of the section of Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) renowned as Rana Gaon and from Rana Gaon, we come to Bihi where we can find two routes one route to Ghap and next to Prok. So, on the spot, we will discuss where we want to stay. Besides this, from this point, we can see the mouth-watering view of Shringi Himal.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 8

Trek to Lho village

5-6 hrs

3,180 m

Today most of the walk will be through the Alpine territory. We can have beautiful vistas of the mountains and after crossing the Buri Gandaki we reach the spot where you need to take a permit to continue forward. We will continue to climb up until we reach a quaint Tibetan village of Sho, 3000m above sea level. From here we get to see a glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. Continuing ahead for around one hour from Sho, we reach Lho, another beautiful Tibetan village at the height of 3180 m above sea level, where we can see lots of Mani walls, monasteries, and small chorten.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 9

Trek to Sama Gaun

4-5 hrs

3,530 m

Leaving the village behind, we continue to walk on the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As we continue on the main trail, we soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m for overnight camping.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tented Camp

Day 10

Day for acclimatization

2-3 hrs

3,530 m

Today is a free day for rest so that you get acclimatized. We spend our time at Samagaon w3hich is rich in Sherpa culture. We enjoy the stunning sight of thousands of Mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women dressed in traditional clothes and ornaments. Similarly, we can see the oldest Gompa (Pungyen Gompa) of the village with spectacular views of the glacier. The monastery is named after Manaslu which literally means Pungyen means bracelet, a nice description of two peaks, which was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The local villagers believed that the climb makes the god angry and when the Japanese came back a year later they saw a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. Ultimately, they were successful in 1959.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 11

Trek to Samdo

4-5 hrs

3,660 m

Today, we walk down to the Budi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follows it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left takes us to the Manaslu Base Camp. This Larkya La Pass passes numerous Mani walls as the valley begins to broaden. It is a simple and easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch of forests of Kermo Kharka. Similarly, we drop off the shelf and cross the Budi Gandaki on an adventurous wooden bridge and ascends onto a cape between two divisions of the river. Furthermore, from a stone curve, we can view a huge white Kani. Ultimately, we pass through the Kani to reach Samdo.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 12

Trek to Larkya Lodge (Dharamsala)

4-5 hrs

4,460 m

Today, we walk down the edge by crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and ascend. After crossing two streams and seeing the magnificent Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of Salka Khola and ascend to the stone guest house (4450m), which is not a lodge but a type of shelter known as Dharamsala also popular as Larke Phedi. Today we have a short walk so we will have plenty of time for acclimatization in the day. During peak season, Dharmasala is only the spot for the accommodation so for the peak season Himalayan trekkers suggest having a camping trek.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp

Day 13

Trek to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass

8-9 hrs

5,160 m

Today we will start our day early in the morning and start walking uphill to reach the north side of the Larkya Glaciers. Larkya La Top is our ultimate and most waited destination for this day. This spot offers an impressive view of the imposing Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. We walk across the glacier, descend slowly and steadily because the pass gets steeper and steeper as you go downhill. From the pass, you can have a lifetime experience of looking at Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanggaru, Namjung, Ratna Chului, Lamjung and of course Manaslu with the mighty Annapurna II. This mouthwatering view of Himalayan range with other natural beauty makes us feel that as if we conquer the world and are in heaven. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow, to reach the valley trail to Larcia Kharka. Further on, a moraine ridge path leads to Bumthang for an overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 14

Trek to Tilize

5-6 hrs

2,300 m

From Bumthang, we can see the great and mouthwatering view of Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Cheo Himal. We walk down and cross the high pasture (Sangure Kharka) by a bridge over a Dudh Khola. We walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a tiny valley until we reach at the elevated cultivated land of the valley at Karche (2785m). We walk across the fields before climbing a ridge. The path comes off the ridge in a huge comprehensive curve to the river bank at 2580m. From here, a short distance beyond is the Gho village. Similarly, due to yesterday and today’s tiredness, we might want to stay at Gho but Adventure Mission Nepal recommend you to stay at Tilize as it has the best view as well as good hotels and lodges.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 15

Trek to Chame

6-7 hrs

2,710 m

Today we will join the Annapurna Circuit trail. We will approach the Karche La pass, and just ahead is a green and heavily forested valley, which drops down to the distant Marshyangdi River. After a while, we will arrive at Bagarchhap, a quaint and serene Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the wind. From here, we will start our trek through pine and oak forests and pass through Dhanakyu. After crossing the steep incline we will continue through the Rhododendron forest to Ratamron. After a couple of hours trek through the forest area, we will reach a small hamlet of Kotho. From here you can see the magnificent and majestic Annapurna II - a sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan Mountains. After a walk of nearly fifteen minutes, we will reach a fir and pine forest. At the other end of the forest lies the village Chame, our destination for spending the night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 16

Trek to Pisang

5-6 hrs

3,190 m

We wake up to a beautiful sun rising over the Lamjung Himal [6893m] and head towards Pisang which is our final destination for the day. In this patch of the trek, we will walk through the terraced barley fields, cross over mountain passes, and enjoy the sight of the apple orchards, approach small mountain hamlets until we reach Bratang. Continuing on the same trail, with splendid views of Annapurna II for the company we will traverse for 3 hours and arrive at the village of Pisang.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 17

Trek to Manang

4-5 hrs

3,540 m

We will have a beautiful view of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak (7,132m) as we come down from Manang’s airstrip. After a while, we will reach the spot from where we can clearly see the north-east face of Annapurna III. Walking further down through the Sabje Khola Valley you can see the imposing Annapurna IV which stands at 7,525 m above sea level. Crossing a wooden bridge built on the Marshyangdi Khola we enter the village of Mungji. We continue downwards until we reach Manang. This village boasts of one of the best backdrops that include Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, and Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7,134m] all around.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 18

Trek to Yak Kharka

3-4 hrs

4,000 m

From Manang village, the path crosses a stream and ascend to a village of Tenki above Manang and then continues to ascend out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The path then follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, Juniper trees as it gains the elevation. Furthermore, the trail passes near the small settlement of Ghunsa a group of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the path moves through the meadows where horses and Yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail enters an ancient Old Mani wall in an enjoyable meadow and then reaches another small village renowned as Yak Kharka.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 19

Trek to Thorong Phedi

3-4 hrs

4,500 m

The walk is complete to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach the Letdar village. Furthermore, we walk and pass through soaring cliffs before we reach Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorang La. While walking we can see the stunning view of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays

Day 20

Ascend to Throng La Pass & descend to Muktinath

7-8 hrs

5,416 m

One of the most significant days of the trek today, as we will approach the Thorung La pass (5416m). This is supposed to be the highest mountain pass in the world. We will start early for the climb. This is one of the most arduous trails. It is very steep but well defined and easy to track as it has been used by the villagers for centuries now. The walk is uphill and backbreaking for the next four hours until we reach a spot which has prayer flags and a small stupa/chorten. The tiredness from the uphill trek just vanishes once you see the majestic snow-capped mountains, the rolling hills of Mustang and the Valley of Kaligandaki. After a brief rest, we start the downhill journey to Muktinath (3800m). We will cross the Jhong Khola Valley to reach Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage in the Himalayan region for followers of both Hinduism and Buddhism.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ guest house

Day 21

Trek to Jomsom

5-6 hrs

2,700 m

We reach Jharkot and Kingar after a small downhill trek in the morning. This place has beautiful monasteries signifying the inter-relation and similarity of both the cultures i.e. in Nepal and Tibet. The view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri is simply splendid throughout the trail. As the last phase of the trek, we will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the banks of Kali Gandaki River. We can spend some time looking around the town as this place is the Headquarter of Mustang district.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges

Day 22

Fly to Pokhara

20 mins

827 m

Since Jomsom lies in the mountainous region so there is always an early flight to Pokhara as in the morning the days are clear and also the flight duration is about 20 minutes. Similarly, Pokhara is also known as “city of Lake” and is one of the most popular places for foreigners after Kathmandu. There are lots of interesting things to see in Pokhara. So when you are in Pokhara don’t miss to visit the popular landmarks of Pokhara.

Breakfast

3 star hotel

Day 23

Scenic flight/ drive back to Kathmandu

30 mins flight/ 6-7 hrs drive

1,350 m

Today either you can fly to Kathmandu which will be 30 minutes worthy flight where you can see the changing natural vegetation with Himalayan Range or you can drive from Pokhara. The drive will be scenic and you will get the opportunity to experience the highway of Nepal. After reaching Kathmandu, you can realize your pain by visiting a spa and massage center. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 24

Final departure

30 mins

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment listsfor more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off 
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary 
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All government taxes and official expenses 

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Gearlist

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing

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