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Manang trek

To the north of Annapurnas

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Manang trek
Inserted: 27.01.2015
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Manang trek is for most tourists the most important part of big walk around Annapurnas. You'll see the individual peaks of this eight thousand high massif from beautiful outlook places. Along the way you will be able to get to know Buddhist culture and architecture. There is much better weather than on the other side of the mountains due to the rainfall shadow.

The first views of Annapurnas

The trek around Manang begins in Dharapani (most tourists come here from Besi Shahar within Lamjung trek, significant minority extend the trek around Manaslu for this route). The journey continues still upstream Marsyangdi river. In Danakyu awaits you the first big decision, which way to go farther. More frequent alternative is along the trail closer to the river. More interesting is to ascend the hill to Timang, from where are beautiful views of Manaslu massif, particularly at sunset. It is therefore worthwhile to plan trek so that you sleep in Timang. From Timang continues a comfortable path to Thanchok, where you join to the lower trail. You can then expect beautiful views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
 

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Hike Dharapani - Timang

The outlook of Manaslu

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| Altitude: 2 630 m / 8 629 ft

Dharapani (1930 m asl ) is located just a short way from the confluence of Marsyangdi and Dudh Khola – so in… continue reading

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Hike Timang - Koto - Chame

The first view of Annapurna

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| Altitude: 2 700 m / 8 858 ft

From Timang ( 2630 m asl ) renowned by parade sunsets over massif Manaslu you continue through woods to… continue reading

Walk to Pisang

The next day awaits you the walk to Pisang, which is relatively straight without any possibility of alternatives. They will start at the very end of the stage, where you have to decide whether to stay in the spacious new lodges by the river in Lower Pisang or in old Upper Pisang. But there is quite difficult to find a free place to stay in the late afternoon.

 

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Hike Chame - Pisang

Walk under Lamjung Himal

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| Altitude: 3 310 m / 10 860 ft

Nearly six-hour lasting walk from Chame (2 700m asl.) to Pisang is livened with occasional views of the… continue reading

Walking along the Lower or Upper trail

In Pisang awaits you a decision on whether to continue along the bottom path through Humde or along the lower one through Ghyar and Ngawal. Most of big travel agencies prefer easier and the fastest lower path, during which you will get from Pisang to Manang in one day. But far better is the upper way with stunning views of Annapurnas and Manaslu. Furthermore, you will get more acclimated here and there are opportunities for side trips with even nicer views. For those in a hurry can be interesting to find out that also by using the upper path it is possible to get from Pisang to Manang in just one day.

  • TIP: In Pisang also starts a short trek to the six thousand high top of Pisang Peak. So if you are well acclimated and you have the appropriate permit, you can try to scramble to the great summit with unique view.

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Hike Pisang - Ghyaru

Ascent to upper path

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| Altitude: 3 700 m / 12 139 ft

One of the crucial decisions on the trek around Annapurnas waits for you in Pisang. You need to decide… continue reading

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Ascent to Chorten of Ghyar

Private view not only of Annapurna

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| Altitude: 3 980 m / 13 058 ft

Who wants to have a nicer view of the Annapurnas and Marsyangdi river valley, before offering terraces of… continue reading

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Hike Ghyaru - Ngawal

The outlook of Pisang Peak

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| Altitude: 3 700 m / 12 139 ft

After the lunch in Ghyaru or a trip to the chorten above it follows a short stage lasting approximately two… continue reading

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Ascent to chorten over Bhardoche

Forgotten outlook point behind Ngawal

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| Altitude: 4 120 m / 13 517 ft

Nice side trip from Ngawal is a short hike to the village of ghosts Bhardoche lying on smaller upland plain… continue reading

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Ascent to Ridge over Ngawal

Amazing view of Annapurna III.

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| Altitude: 4 500 m / 14 764 ft

Most tourists walking along the „upper" trek path around the Annapurnas only pass Ngawal ( 3660 m asl).… continue reading

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Hike Ngawal - Manang

Walk between eroded rocks

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| Altitude: 3 660 m / 12 008 ft

The path from Ngawal drops for more than 200 altitude meters back to Marsyangdi valley along bizarre rocks… continue reading

Manang and surroundings

Manang (3 540 m asl), the highest settlement in area having the same name is often used by the majority of tourists as acclimatization or rest day, so for this reason, there are a lot of tourists and in late afternoon there is sometimes a problem to find a free lodge. But the day spent here doesn´t need to be considered as „lost“. In its surroundings are a lot of interesting places. For example:

  • The ancient village Bhraka
  • Ascent to the frozen lake Kicho tal
  • Gompa Bojo
  • Beautiful glacial lake Gangapurna Tal
  • The best trip from Manang is to the amazing lake Tilicho. Here, however, count with at least two extra days.

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Visit of Bhraka

The most beautiful village in Manang

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| Altitude: 3 530 m / 11 581 ft

Less than two kilometers before Manang is situated a beautiful village Bhraka built in Tibetan style and… continue reading

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The ascent to gompa Bojo

Perfect view of Manang

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| Altitude: 4 000 m / 13 123 ft

The most favorite acclimatization trip from Manang is to gompa Bojo hidden in a rock wall high above Manang.… continue reading

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Hike Gangapurna tal and Chongkor

Acclimatization trip under Gangapurna

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| Altitude: 3 850 m / 12 631 ft

One of the two most popular acclimatization trips from Mangang is the walk to a nice Chongkor viewpoint. It… continue reading

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Trek to Tilicho lake

The most beautiful trip in Manang

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| Altitude: 5 000 m / 16 404 ft

Among the most beautiful trips in Manang belong a two-day trip to the high mountain lake Tilicho, so you will… continue reading

From Manang to Thorong Phedi

The relatively short distance between Manang and Thorong Phedi is usually walked, mainly from acclimatization reasons, two days with overnight stay either in Yak Kharka (4 035 m asl) or in Ledar (4 220 m asl).

  • TIP: At this stage is possible trip from Ledar through the valley below Chulu West (6 419 m asl) to BC. In case you would like to undertake the ascent to this mountain, count with at least 4 days (Ledar-BC, BC-HC, HC-top-HC, return).

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Hike Manang - Yak Kharka

Path through Thorong Khola valley

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| Altitude: 4 035 m / 13 238 ft

Short, only ten kilometers long, acclimatization ascent from Manang (3555 m asl) through Thorong Khola valley… continue reading

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Hike Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi

The way to Base Camp

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| Altitude: 4 538 m / 14 888 ft

The path from Yak Kharka (4035 m asl) rises only slowly through Thorong Khola valley up to the base camp in… continue reading

Crossing the pass Thorong la

Before you is finally the crossing of the highest point on the trek – the pass Thorong la (5 416 m asl) clenched between the peaksYakwakang (6 482 m asl) andThorong Peak (6 144 m asl). Most tourists choose before the crossing of the pass free acclimatization day in Thorong Pedi, alias Thorong BC, or ascend to High Camp in order have it shorter the next day, but they run the risk of being sick during the night at High Camp. After a long descent from the pass you reach the place of pilgrimage Muktinah. Part of tourists already end their journey here and go from there by jeep to Jomsom and on by air or by bus to Pokhara.

  • TIP: Also here are possibilities of short but nice trips around the neighborhood. Either to the outlook point directly above High Camp or along the moraine below the mountain Syagang.

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Hike Thorong Phedi - High Camp

Compulsory hike with nice views

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| Altitude: 4 880 m / 16 010 ft

Flashing headlamps suggests that it is only a few hours after midnight and most of the tourists here start… continue reading

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Ascent over Thorong High Camp

Beautiful view of mountain giants

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| Altitude: 4 900 m / 16 076 ft

Only seventy altitude meters above Thorong High Camp is located amazing outlook to six thousand Damodar… continue reading

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Hike under Syagang

Along the moraine to the impressive rock

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| Altitude: 5 100 m / 16 732 ft

In Thorong High Camp you does not have to just be bored and lie in the tent with the expectation of tomorrow… continue reading

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Hike across Thorong la pass

Long trek from Manang to Mustang

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| Altitude: 5 416 m / 17 769 ft

The most challenging stage of the entire trek around Annapurnas leads across one of the highest „tourist“… continue reading

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