Annapurna and Manaslu Trekking

Posted by Andy on Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Annapurna region (named for the Annapurna mountain range to the north of Pokhara) is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world.

Every trekker marvels over the magnificent scenery that the Annapurna and nearby Manaslu region offers and its unspoiled bio-diversity, including Machepuchare (Fish Tail) peak, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Gangapurna and Lamjung Himal. The adjacent Manaslu and Tsum Valley trekking areas are also great options for more remote, less crowded trekking. The region is home to over 100 mammals, more than 60 reptiles and amphibians,  450 species of birds and 9 types of rhododendrons.

The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, arid landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.

The Annapurna region dramatically reveals the cultural and geographic frontier running across Nepal. Mountain views are frequent and spectacular, and the various trekking routes offer different experiences – the circuit  trek around Annapurna leads you throughout the region, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek heads toward the heart of the Annapurnas, and the short trip to Poon Hill offers some the best panoramic views in the region. The Manaslu Circuit is a great new alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, and these can even be combined into one epic trek. The Tsum Valley connects to the Manaslu Circuit and is the newest, most unspoiled area to be opened to trekkers in this region.

For further trek information
Click on your preferred trek for a description plus all itinerary details.

Annapurna Sanctuary – Annapurna Base Camp Trek

14 days | Medium

A trek classic among trekkers. Visit picturesque villages and take a dip in natural hot-springs, all the while surrounded by a nearly perfect circle of peaks with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at its center. Read more

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 23 Day

23 days | Medium-Hard

A lifetime Himalayan experience. A journey of contrasts, this trek follows ancient trade routes from the green terraced farmland of the Marshyangdi valley into the world’s deepest river gorge. Read more

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 17 Day

17 days | Medium-Hard

This 17 day variation of the Annapurna Circuit trek follows the same route as the traditional trek as far as Jomson where the trek ends with a return flight to Pokhara. Read more

Tsum Valley Trek

17 days | Easy

The most recent area to be opened to trekkers, the Tsum Valley s a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley in close proximity to Tibet. Its unspoiled natural beauty and its pristine culture make this trekking area unique. Read more

Manaslu Circuit Trek

16days | Medium-Difficult

A much less crowded alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu offers equally spectacular mountain scenery, fascinating village cultures, and challenging trekking. The trek also offers an opportunity to trek along a section of the Great Himalayan Trail.Read more

Annapurna Ghorepani “Poon Hill” Trek

10 days | Medium

This trek takes you through Gurung villages and brings us to an early morning sunrise at Poonhill from where we have excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South and Machapuchhare. Read more

Annapurna Royal Trek

8 days | Easy

This easy and enjoyable trek in the Pokhara region offers unforgettable mountain views, including the peaks of Machapuchhare and Annapurna, without the strain of long trekking days or steep ascents. Read more

Mustang Trek

15 days | Medium – Difficult

The Kingdom of Lo in the Mustang Region of Nepal is one of the most remote kingdoms on earth. One of the few remaining authentic Tibetan cultures still left in the world… Read more

Short Annapurna Villages Trek

7 days | Easy

This leisurely 4-day trek is perfect for families or as an introductory trek. It keeps to the lower altitudes (from 900 metres to 2,000 metres) and takes you past terraced hills, into picturesque villages, and through impressive forests of rhododendrons. The villages of the friendly Gurung people… Read more

Siklis Ecotrek

9 days | Medium

This beautiful camping trek is a great introduction to the beauty of the Annapurna range and to the Buddhist Gurung culture. Siklis is one of the largest Gurung villages in Nepal…. Read more

Panchase Trek

13 days | Easy

This easy trek is a fine introduction to the Annapurna region starting in Pokhara, on the shores of picturesque Lake Phewa. The trek heads southwest, then loops into the Annapurna Area Conservation Project through subtropical valleys and…Read more


Services and costs included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel accommodations and breakfasts
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and suppplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages whilst trekking
  • Transportation to and from trailhead
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, matresses
  • Cooking equipment
  • Camp-site charges
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)

Services and costs NOT included in price

  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit and liaison officer fee (where applicable)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking