Manang trek

Manang trek

To the north of Annapurnas

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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.

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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.
 

Article: Hike Dharapani - Timang

The outlook of Manaslu

Dharapani (1930 m asl ) is located just a short way from the confluence of Marsyangdi and Dudh Khola – so in places where is the conjunction of treks around Annapurnas and Manaslu. From there you shall continue further into Bagarchhap (2100 m asl) and Danakyu, behind which you have to decide not only based on your physical health, but also according to the actual caving conditions, whether you go through the bottom path along the river or ascend more than 400 vertical meters to Timang and walk along the upper path.
 

Article: Hike Timang - Koto - Chame

The first view of Annapurna

From Timang ( 2630 m asl ) renowned by parade sunsets over massif Manaslu you continue through woods to Thanchok and behind it the path already connects to the main route leading from the bottom via Danakyu. This approximately three-hour lasting trip from Timang via Koto to Chame is the most interesting for tourists mainly because they will finally, after several days of walking, see Annapurna for the first time. Even the village Chame at the end of this stage is worth seeing.
 


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.

 

Article: Hike Chame - Pisang

Walk under Lamjung Himal

Nearly six-hour lasting walk from Chame (2 700m asl.) to Pisang is livened with occasional views of the massive mountain peaks Lamjung Himal ( 6983 m asl) and Ngadi Chuli ( 7871 m asl) in the remote Manaslu group. Another attraction is completely smoothed vertical wall of Pangri Danda and routes passages fired into the rock. Just before Pisang begins picturesque part of the stage finished with the ascent to Upper Pisang with a nice view of Annapurna II.
 

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.

Article: Hike Pisang - Ghyaru

Ascent to upper path

One of the crucial decisions on the trek around Annapurnas waits for you in Pisang. You need to decide whether you will go on the faster and shorter lower path, or on so-called "higher" via Upper Pisang, Ghyaru and Ngawal with beautiful views. As you started the trek mainly with the aim to see something, so it is definitely worth going through the higher path, from where it is also possible to take a few side acclimatization trips.

 

Article: Ascent to Chorten of Ghyar

Private view not only of Annapurna

Who wants to have a nicer view of the Annapurnas and Marsyangdi river valley, before offering terraces of small restaurants in Ghyaru, should be prepared for about 350 vertical meters to the chorten high above the village. The reward for the hike, most of them in the midday heat, is really a wonderful panoramic view of the south Lamjungu Himal (6983 m asl) over Annapurnas to the Tilicho Peak (7134 m asl). The north is dominated by ice spike near Pisang Peak (6091 m asl). In addition, there is a high probability that you meet anyone there and enjoy views in complete privacy.

Article: Hike Ghyaru - Ngawal

The outlook of Pisang Peak

After the lunch in Ghyaru or a trip to the chorten above it follows a short stage lasting approximately two hours between villages Ghyaru and Ngawal leading almost along the contour-line at about 3700 meters above sea level with a parade view of Pisang Peak and Annapurnas towering behind the valley.


Article: Ascent to chorten over Bhardoche

Forgotten outlook point behind Ngawal

Nice side trip from Ngawal is a short hike to the village of ghosts Bhardoche lying on smaller upland plain and an ascent from it to the outlook hill.
 

Article: Ascent to Ridge over Ngawal

Amazing view of Annapurna III.

Most tourists walking along the „upper" trek path around the Annapurnas only pass Ngawal ( 3660 m asl). However, it is very good acclimatization place with great views and possibility of  several trips to even better outlook points. One of the best local views are from the way up the ridge directly above the trekking trail leading to the pass of Kangla Bhanjyang. It's up to you how  high you get, but the view is better and better with every altitude meter.

Article: Hike Ngawal - Manang

Walk between eroded rocks

The path from Ngawal drops for more than 200 altitude meters back to Marsyangdi valley along bizarre rocks sculpted by wind and stunted pines. Along the way there are magnificent views of Annapurna ridges and it is possible to visit a very nice village Bhraka before arriving to the downtown area - to Manang.


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.

Article: Visit of Bhraka

The most beautiful village in Manang

Less than two kilometers before Manang is situated a beautiful village Bhraka built in Tibetan style and stuck on weathered rock massif. It is definitely worth to go a few dozen meters down from the main path and go through this interesting little hamlet with a gompa.

Article: The ascent to gompa Bojo

Perfect view of Manang

The most favorite acclimatization trip from Manang is to gompa Bojo hidden in a rock wall high above Manang. Interesting are here not only beautiful views of the ridge of Annapurnas, but also the ceremony, which is supposed to bring you luck during crossing of the pass Thorong la.


Article: Hike Gangapurna tal and Chongkor

Acclimatization trip under Gangapurna

One of the two most popular acclimatization trips from Mangang is the walk to a nice Chongkor viewpoint. It is the ascent around a nice lake Gangapurna Tal, which remained as the last vestige of the old glacier falling here from the hillside of Gangapurna.

Article: Trek to Tilicho lake

The most beautiful trip in Manang

Among the most beautiful trips in Manang belong a two-day trip to the high mountain lake Tilicho, so you will be surprised that it is undertaken only by a fraction of people setting out for the trek around Annapurnas. On this trek you will get virtually within reach to Gangapurna and Tilicho peak, whose walls fall directly to the south side of the lake.  

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).

Article: Hike Manang - Yak Kharka

Path through Thorong Khola valley

Short, only ten kilometers long, acclimatization ascent from Manang (3555 m asl) through Thorong Khola valley to Yak Kharka (4035 m asl). Along the way there are beautiful views, especially of Gangapurna.

Article: Hike Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi

The way to Base Camp

The path from Yak Kharka (4035 m asl) rises only slowly through Thorong Khola valley up to the base camp in Thorong Phedi (4538 m asl) (sometimes written as Thorung Phedi). Among treks around the Annapurnas this one belongs to the shortest ones. In Thorong Phedi, from where every day early in the morning tourists set off to conquer Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the trek, is plenty of time to have a rest or an acclimatization trip up to High Camp.

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.

Article: Hike Thorong Phedi - High Camp

Compulsory hike with nice views

Flashing headlamps suggests that it is only a few hours after midnight and most of the tourists here start the longest day trek around Annapurnas - the crossing of the pass Thorong la (sometimes written as Thorung la)) . They thus pass the steepest section to the High Camp in the deep darkness or at dawn. But those who plan to accommodate at High Camp, or just go there for better acclimatization and in the afternoon go back to Thorong Phedi, can enjoy the beautiful views of not only Annapurna III., but also of Gangapurna.

Article: Ascent over Thorong High Camp

Beautiful view of mountain giants

Only seventy altitude meters above Thorong High Camp is located amazing outlook to six thousand Damodar Himalaya mountains and Annapurna III. with Gangapurna on the horizon. Deep in the ravine glisten roofs of Thorung Phedi and in the west winds a way through the moraine in the direction Thorong la pass.

Article: Hike under Syagang

Along the moraine to the impressive rock

In Thorong High Camp you does not have to just be bored and lie in the tent with the expectation of tomorrow's Thorong la pass crossing or hike to a nice little outlook hill above the camp. You can have a slow acclimatization walk along moraine above the last remnants of glaciers, now for good covered under debris, toward the rock tooth Syagang (6026 m asl). This walk is quite interesting, but it is not frequently walked by people.

Article: Hike across Thorong la pass

Long trek from Manang to Mustang

The most challenging stage of the entire trek around Annapurnas leads across one of the highest "tourist" passes in the world - Thorong la (5 416m asl) (sometimes written also as Thorung la) in between nepalese regions of Manang and Lower Mustang. High difficulty of this crossing is determined mainly by its high altitude and long and tiring ascent and descent than by technical difficulty. However there has always been a trade route, along which trudged caravans laden with goods from Tibet, so the path itself is quite comfortable in nice weather. The pass usually becomes impassable for a few days just after big storm, when it is covered with snow.

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