Manang Valley Trekking is a wonderful journey through the mixed landscapes of subtropical forest to arid barren landscapes until 4900m, encountering multiple old Buddhist monasteries portraying the cultural aspects of the area and the magnificence of the beautiful Valley and High Himalayas, which are second to none.
The major attraction of Manang Trek is to explore the hidden gems in Manang Valley locale like tranquil lakes formed at high elevation, sweeping mountain glaciers, ancient Gompas offering a great view, local villages etc. Despite following the classical Annapurna Circuit trekking route towards Thorang La Pass (5416m) from Manang, this trip will take you the world highest Tilicho Lake at 4919m passing through the Khangsar village (also known as the last village of Nepal) lying on the west ridge of Valley.
Trekking to Manang is an awesome experience to encounter different ethnic groups in several villages along the route and the mountain sights while passing through beautiful forest and open dry landscapes are just impressive. Manang valley is remote yet one of the beautiful valley offering breathtaking views of Himalayas crowded with several ancient Buddhist heritage, caves, glaciers and lakes and the inhabited people with distinct cultural practices enjoying their exciting festivals.
Following the footsteps of Annapurna circuit route, the trail passes through beautiful waterfalls visible from Ghermu, Tal and Chyamche village and the green lush vegetation until it starts getting dry & barren at Upper Pisang. The majestic view of Lamjung, Manaslu and Annapurna is awesome from the Upper Gompa monastery. Then, we follow the upper route via Ghyaru and Ngawal village enjoying the panorama in front of our eyes to reach Manang valley after a quick visit to Bhrakha monastery.
On reaching Manang, we will rest and stroll around the village just to feel the air. The next day, we shall make a packed lunch day trip to Kicho Lake which calmly rests at 4600m with a good view of surrounding landscapes and mountain and also good for acclimatization. Hike to Bodzo Gompa, located at the northern cliff is best to capture the best photograph of gorgeous Manang Valley dominating by the Mt. Annapurna III and Gangapurna.
Out of several places of interest in Manang valley, our three days excursion to western ridge of Valley will take us to Tilicho Lake – highest lake in the world and also sacred as per Hindu beliefs will allow you to immerse into the wild beauty of nature and leave you speechless. We will retrace our path all the way to Manang and then continue from barren lands towards green forest collecting all memories in our mind and camera leaving only footprints behind.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel Drive: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Dinner
Day 2Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Preparation Day for Trekking Drive: 3-4 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (840m / 2756 ft.) and transfer to Teahouse Drive: 7-7.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Trek from Bhulbhule to Jagat (1300m / 4265 ft.) Walk: 5.5- 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1860m / 6102 ft.) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2670m / 8760 ft.) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m / 10498 ft.) Walk: 5.5 - 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m / 11615 ft.) via upper route Walk: 5 – 5.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Day Trip to Kicho Lake (4600m / 15092 ft.) Walk: 6 – 6.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Day Trip to Ganagapurna Glacier and Bodzo Gompa (4130m / 13550 ft.) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Manang to Shree Kharka (3740m / 12270 ft.) Walk: 4 – 4.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Trek from Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m / 13615 ft.) Walk: 5.5 –6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Excursion Day around Tilicho Lake (4919m / 16138 ft.) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Tilicho Base Camp to Manang (3540m / 11615 ft.) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Trek from Manang to Chame (2670m / 8760 ft.) Walk: 5.5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Drive from Chame to Bhulbhule (840m / 2756 ft.) Drive: 3-4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 17Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu Drive: 7-7.5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 18Final Departure | Rest Day at Kathmandu Valley | Other Travel Plan
Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that trip is safely coursed. We truly understand the essentiality of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
Room to Customize
Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the average level of fitness of travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time and budget plan of travelers.
There is always a room for customization of the given standard itinerary if it does not meet your way of interest and then please pass your opinion. You may want to stay in Kathmandu by yourself or maybe do sightseeing around by yourself; we will give you more information to do it by yourself if you ask us.
We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling. It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.
We, ourselves feel that the group size of maximum 12 pax is an ideal size to run the trip. However, we have also arranged the plan for large students groups, employee groups and able to organize such trip for groups upon request. All of our trekking plans are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey.